Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi says rebel groups shouldn't rush peace deal

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi gives a speech on voter education - at the Hopong township in Shan state, Myanmar
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By Soe Zeya Tun

HOPONE, myanmar tours - (Reuters) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu - Kyi over the weekend appealed to ethnic rebel groups in nationwide ceasefire talks with the government not to rush the deal, but work slowly on an agreement that would ensure long-lasting peace and stability.

The Nobel peace laureate's comments come ahead of a meeting between myanmar tours - ( - ) President Thein Sein and ethnic rebel groups on Wednesday in the capital Naypyitaw to discuss a draft of the long-discussed ceasefire proposal.

Clinching the deal with most of Myanmar's rebel groups would be a political win for Thein Sein, who made it his top priority, boosting the chances of his ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party - in the Nov. 8 general election.

The draft of the agreement was hammered out during almost two years of grueling negotiations, but ethnic armed groups have so far refused to sign it, saying the government should amend the constitution to grant more autonomy to ethnic minorities.