The Myanmar government's effort to make peace with ethnic minorities has taken another step forward as representatives of the country's biggest minority group, the Shan, met with the country's reformist president in the capital.

Shan State Army (South) leader Yawd Serk said after the talks Monday that President Thein Sein had agreed with his proposal to form a committee to work toward peace.

Since independence in 1948, Myanmar has faced rebellions from a number of minority groups seeking autonomy. Sporadic fighting continues with several groups, including the Shan and the Kachin.

President Office's Minister Aung Min said the main obstacle to ending the fighting was the need for the sides to agree on where their troops are allowed to be stationed.