Fighting between the Tatmadaw and the RCSS/SSA in recent months were caused by weaknesses of low level personnel from both sides in obedience of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, according to U Maung Maung Nyein of verification team of the Union-Level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee- JMC-U.
“In review of the incidents, troops from both sides breached the NCA. However, both sides said that they were educating their troops on the truce agreement,” he told reporters after the third day meeting of the Union-Level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee- JMC-U held in Yangon.
“There are also misunderstandings and they did not do anything intentionally,” he added.
The fact finding team visited the scene of fighting from 29 October to 5 November.
It was also learnt that it was the first time such fact finding mission had been formed in Shan State. The fact finding mission examined the situation and met with local people on a regular basis to get their opinions.
The mission was said to have met with 7 people who were directly involved in the incidents and 9 witnesses in Nantlan incident and 10 people who were directly involved incidents and 3 witnesses.
In addition, there were less cooperation in drug eradication and implementation of the NCA and recruitment was still taking place, according to the fact finding mission.—Zaw Gyi (Panita)