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March 25, 2019

Announcement on ceasefire and eternal peace

Following is an announcement about ceasefire and eternal peace made by the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Office on 21 December 2018.
1. With regards to Myanmar’s peace process on 12 December 2018 MNTJP, PSLF and ULA announced that they’ll stop all military operations and will continue to participate in national reconciliation and peace process without resorting to military means and Republic of the Union of Myanmar Peace Commission also made an announcement on the same day welcoming the announcement made by the three groups and said that it will continue to cooperate and coordinate in reaching a ceasefire agreement and to conduct political discussions
2. With regards to this matter Tatmadaw considered that discussions need to be conducted with each ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) in Northern Command region, North East Command region, Eastern Command region, Middle East Command region and Triangle Command region that had not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA)
3. In order to conduct these discussions Tatmadaw will cease all its region wise military operations from 21 December 2018 to 30 April 2019. During this period when troops movements are suspended military operation area wise ethnic armed organisations are to coordinate and discuss about ceasefire and peace matters with National Reconciliation and Peace Centre and when required a Negotiation and Discussion Group consisting of Tatmadaw senior officers from Commander-in-Chief (Army) led by Lt-Gen Ya Pyae and Commander of the relevant Command will also hold discussions.
(a) Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Chairman
(b) Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung, Member
(c) Lt-Gen Than Tun Oo, Member
(d) Lt-Gen Aye Win, Member
(e) Lt-Gen Aung Soe, Member
(f) Lt-Gen Aung Lin Dwe, Member
(g) Relevant Command commander, Member
(h) Lt-Gen Tin Maung Win, Secretary
4. At the same time, ten EAOs that had signed NCA are to continue the discussion according to NCA and if required the Negotiation and Discussion Group will hold discussion with each group.
5. While conducting discussions for ceasefire and eternal peace, EAOs are required to follow the four of the six peace policies of Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief.
(a) To abide by the agreements
(b) Not to take advantage of peace agreements
(c) Must not be a burden on the local populace
(d) To abide by the laws enacted by the Union
6. In addition to this EAOs must control and take responsibility not to use force to attack one another or intimidate local ethnic nationals.
7. They are also responsibility for the smooth and safe transportation and the lives and properties of the people.
8. If there is any occurrence of matters mentioned in 5, 6 and 7, Tatmadaw will prevent and respond as necessary.
9. At the same time, persons displaced by armed conflicts will be resettled back to their places of origin and Tatmadaw will provide necessary assistance and cooperation.
10. Tatmadaw will do the best it can toward the progress of ceasefire and peace discussions as well as implementing socio-economic development of ethnic national regions.
11. On the third anniversary of signing the NCA, Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief had told both signatories to the NCA and the EAOs that have not yet signed the NCA that the Tatmadaw is committed to finishing the peace process in 2020 and to achieving eternal peace desired by the people. This announcement is made to urge all EAOs to make the same commitment and to continue the implementation of the work towards signing the reintegration for security and the Union Accord.
(Unofficially Translation)

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