US-Myanmar plan MIA search

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In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2012, a morning mist covers the rugged landscape in Yingjiang, along the China-Myanmar border, home of the Kachin ethnic minority which is fighting the Myanmar government. The U.S. and Myanmar have begun negotiations for resuming a search for some 730 Americans still missing from World War II in Myanmar. Most of MIAs were airmen who went down in the country's northern Kachin State, a remote region of mountains, dense jungles and an ongoing insurgency by the Kachin fighting for autonomy from the central government. These would make any recovery effort difficult, and possibly dangerous. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

LAIZA, Myanmar (AP) — It's been eight years since the U.S. has been able to search for the 730 Americans missing from World War II in Myanmar. Now there's hope that some of them will be brought home.

Negotiations with senior U.S. officials began last month, following up on a visit in December by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Most of the MIAs were airmen flying some of the war's most dangerous missions as they hauled supplies to beleaguered Allied forces over snowy Himalayan ranges and boundless jungles.

Myanmar has suffered from decades of isolation and often brutal military rule. Now it is initiating some democratic reforms and appears bent on bettering ties with the United States. The MIA talks offer one of the few avenues now open toward normalization.