Govt COVID-19 coord committee holds second meeting with KNU

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COVID-19 coordination committee holds the video-meeting with ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) to negotiate COVID-19 measures yesterday.  PHOTO: Poe Htaung

The national coordination committee for negotiating COVID-19 measures with ethnic armed organizations (EAOs)held an online video conference with the Karen National Union (KNU) yesterday.
Firstly, National Committee Chairman Dr Tin Myo Win and KNU Vice-Chairman Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win delivered separate opening speeches.
The meeting then commenced with discussions on screening points for COVID-19 and acquiring international aid.
U Hla Maung Shwe, advisory board member of the Peace Commission, said this is the second online meeting with the KNU and they talked about the misunderstandings that transpired on both sides concerning the screening points.
He said the KNU said they will not wear uniforms or have firearms at the screening points and their medical staff and police-like force will wear shirts with “COVID-19” on them. He said the committee coordinated with them on that matter.
U Hla Maung Shwe said they discussed three options to acquire international support in the previous meeting and built trust from related facts. He said there will be additional coordination meetings for COVID-19 in the future if necessary. He said a lot of Myanmar migrant workers, especially from Thailand, will be returning at the end of this month and they will continue discussing with EAOs at the border concerning this.
Present at this meeting on the government’s side were National Committee Chairman Dr Tin Myo Win and committee members, invited guests, and on the KNU’s side were Vice-Chairman Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, General-Secretary Pado Saw Tar Do Mu and other representatives.—Ye Khaung Nyunt (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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