During a meeting with the International Committee for Red Cross in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing accused an ethnic armed group in Kachin and north-eastern Shan State of failing to stick to the terms of an agreement reached with the Tatmadaw (army).
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told the ICRC this was the reason why fresh fighting erupted between the group and the army.
He also said that while the army allowed internally displaced people to return to their camps when tensions cooled, the ethnic armed group did not do so.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing also refuted that the army is any way repressing the rights of Myanmar’s ethnic minorities.
During the meeting, Mr Jurg Montani, the Resident Representative of the ICRC, explained the committee’s relief efforts in flood-hit Rakhine State, as well as its efforts towards assisting with preparations for a free and fair general election and establishing internal peace.
In the afternoon, the Senior General gave an interview to Mr Hidenori Tajima, the chief of Yangon Bureau of the Kyodo News.