By Ye Kaung Nyunt
The 2nd Secretariat meeting of all levels of JMC (Joint Monitoring Committee) was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Shweli Road, Yangon yesterday morning.
Present at the meeting were 14 secretaries from Union, State and Local level JMC consisting of Tatmadaw and NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement) signatory EAOs (Ethnic Armed Organisations) representatives and support staffs.
Secretary-1 position of all levels of JMC was taken up by a NCA signatory EAOs’ representatives while Secretary-2 position of all levels of JMC was taken up by Tatmadaw representatives.
At the meeting JMC-U (Union Joint Monitoring Committee) Secretary-1 Dr. Shwe Khar said, “We are the one who are mainly responsible to implement in coordination between committee and office on decisions made at JMC meetings. If there are complaints, all works are implemented by our JMC secretaries.”
“This meeting is to overcome challenges and obstacles and to conduct effective works in implementing our ToR (terms of reference). If this meeting could not resolve it, it will be submitted to and decided in the JMC-U meeting. When relevant JMC conducts their works, there were challenges as well as successes. We will think about how to overcome the challenges. We will carry matters that JMC-U will decide,” said Dr. Shwe Khar.
In the organization of the JMC, JMC-U is first and underneath it is JMC-S (State-level Joint Monitoring Committee) and beneath it is JMC-L (local-level Joint Monitoring Committee).
JMC-Ss are formed in Shan State, Bago Region, Kayin State, Mon State and Taninthayi Region and JMC-Ls are formed in Shan State (South) Langkho and Kayin State Papun.
JMC-U Secretary-2 Col. Wunna Aung said, “With regards to JMC-U, levels of JMCs were formed in area where there are conflicts and JMC work processes are systematically conducted according to set rules. Works are conducted according to designated and approved ToR (Terms of Reference) and SoP (Standard Operation Procedures). As JMC conduct monitoring, assessment and conflict resolution, it had to review protests, complaints and conflicts.”
He continued, saying, “That is why review/assessment meetings are to be conducted without fail. To conduct the JMC work regularly, technical support office groups were formed and secretaries control and manage the works to achieve success. Some JMC-S machineries were seen to moving rather slow. This is because approved ToRs and SoPs were not followed causing misunderstanding. We will have to discuss openly about this.”
According to the meeting, secretariat meeting of all levels of JMC is held once every four months and secretaries implement the decision of relevant committees, closely monitor and manage the office and resolve protests and complaints.
Secretaries of all levels of JMC conduct their duties and responsibilities and any matters beyond their duties and responsibilities are submitted to the JMC-U meeting for comments it is learnt.
The 2nd Secretariat meeting of all levels of JMC began yesterday and continues today.