August 18, 2016

Ceasefire monitoring joint committee meets today


Representatives from the government and eight signatories of the country’s ceasefire accord are set to hold a Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) meeting in Yangon today, a senior adviser at the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) said yesterday.
It is the first meeting of the committee after its formation, the MPC’s senior adviser U Hla Maung Shwe told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
Following the ceasefire signing, the committee was formed along with the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) during the three-day Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw two weeks ago.
The JMC will be responsible for dealing with military matters, while the UPDJC will deal with political issues.
The meeting is scheduled to run for three days at the Myanmar Peace Centre as beginning on Thursday, said wthe senior adviser, adding that implementation of the ceasefire agreement is underway.
According to the truce pact, ceasefire monitoring activities will be undertaken transparently and responsibly to ensure strict adherence to the military code of conduct by all signatories.
Once finalised, the code of conduct will use clearly-worded language, as will the monitoring guidelines for Union, state and regional level committees. These are to be completed within 30 days. Likewise, the ceasefire signatories will have two establish a political framework within 60 days and hold political dialogue within 90 days, in accordance with the agreement.
The government and eight ethnic groups – the Karen National Union, Restoration Council of Shan State, Karen National Liberation Army-Peace Council, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, Pa-O National Liberation Organisation, Chin National Front, Arakan Liberation Party and All Burma Students’ Democratic Front – signed the ceasefire agreement in Nay Pyi Taw on 15 October.
Pockets of conflict persist in some parts of the country.


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