Standard operating procedure set by Union Level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) are to be observed as they are the life blood of the Peace Process
Chairman of the Union Level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U), Lt-Gen Yar Pyae said at the 12th meeting of JMC-U held at National Reconciliation and Peace Center in Yangon that Standard Operating Procedures and Terms of Reference set and approved by Union Level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) are to be strictly observed as they are the lifeblood of the Peace Process and only when SoP and ToR are respected will the peace process be achieved.
The JMC-U has already set the policy and SoP to be employed in the difficult situations, engagements and conflict that are encountered.
The 12th regular meeting of the JMC-U is being held for three days from 20-22 September. In the meeting, the discussion regarding organising local civilian monitors, holding workshops for the placement of the armed groups in order to avoid engagement, acquiring policy to review the SoP and ToR which had already been approved will be conducted, it is learnt.
JMC-U Vice Chairman 1 Saw Isaac Po from the ethnic armed groups stressed that mutual trust is very important and both parties need to observe the provisions dictated in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. In addition to acknowledging equality and mutual respect, it is also essential to implement the JMC-U agreements. It is known that JMC-U civilian members are conducting the programme to elevate the inclusion of civilians and promote capacity-building tasks. Only when the civilians stand smart as intermediary and monitor without bias between the two armed groups, will the JMC tasks be accomplished. Then, the grassroots people need to understand the NCA and it needs to build trust of people on the JMC works. The civilians have been suffering from the scourge of wars and they should be included in JMC as bold and resolute players, Saw Isaac Po added.
“ I like to remark that JMC has been activated to some extent due to our effort and participation. Civilian monitors becomes important players now and the people are interested in and inclined to help JMC’s works,” explained the Vice Chairman 2, Saw Matthew Aye of JMC-U.
Yesterday’s meeting was attended by government representatives, members of JMC-U, representatives from ethnic armed groups of NCA signatories and civilian
By Ye Khaung Nyunt