August 27, 2016

Amyotha Hluttaw passes maritime territory and sea boundaries law

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THE Amyotha Hluttaw passed the law of the sea yesterday after its speaker sought approval from representatives.
Daw Kyein Ngike Man of the Chin State’s seventh constituency, who is also a member of the Bill Committee, read out the committee’s report of findings on ‘the country’s maritime territory and sea boundaries law’ to the parliament, with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin speaking in support of the proposed law.
U Pe Chit of the Yangon Region’s ninth constituency inquired as to the possibility of the government signing the Mine Ban Treaty and conducting anti-personnel mine clearance and disposal projects in a bid to save local villagers from mine hazards.
In response to the query, Deputy Minister of Defence Maj-Gen Myint Nwe said the signing of the treaty would involve a search and clearance of mine-planted areas within a set period of time and a preparation of a report for submission to the UN Secretary General in 180 days. The existence of internal armed conflicts remains an obstacle to the execution of the treaty requirements, the deputy minister added.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement have been conducting workshops and training programmes in relation to the banning of mines in partnership with international organisations, he said, stressing that mine clearance is under way in some parts of Kayin State.


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