Demarcation of areas among parties leads to conflicts

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The first plenary meeting of JMC in progress.

Demarcation of territories among all parties involved in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement is important for the peace process, said Colonel Wunna Aung, Secretary (2) of the JMC-U at the plenary meeting of the Joint Monitoring Committee yesterday.
The second day meeting of the first plenary meeting of the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday.
The meeting reviewed the one year’s work, strengths and weaknesses of the Joint Monitoring Committee, the Joint Monitoring Committee at the union level and the Joint Monitoring Committee at the state levels to find ways and means to overcome the challenges in the peace process and future plans for the new year.
In conclusion, Chairman of the JMC-U Lt-Gen Yar Pyay urged the JMC-S to help implement the activities of the JMC-U and it is necessary to implement demarcating and demining works in respective areas.
Vice Chairman (1) Saw Isaac Poe and Secretary (1) of the JMC-U for ethnic armed groups and Vice Chairman of the JMC-U for Civil Society Organizations U Maung Maung Nyein delivered concluding remarks.
The plenary meeting was attended by representatives of the Tatmadaw, ethnic armed groups and civil society organizations.
Dr Shwe Khar, Secretary (1) of the JMC-U and Secretary (2) of the JMC-U Col Wunna Aung responded to questions raised by the media.
Col Wunna Aung said that it is necessary to facilitate office works between the different levels of the JMC and demining.
Concerning the incident with the RCSS, Dr Shwe Khar said that the incidents were not important as it was just an incident between the RCSS and the Tatmadaw, both sides received the tip of drug trafficking in the area. He pointed out that the problem is caused by the lack of demarcation between the two entities and communications at the lower level.
As for the demarcation between the armed groups, Colonel Wunna Aung said that the JMC-U has already adopted a policy for that matter and the JMC-Ss play an important role in the negotiations for demarcation among them.
In addition, he pointed out that there would be no problems if personnel at the lower levels abide by the code of conduct of the Nationwide Peace Fire Agreement.


Ye Khaung Nyunt

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