December 15, 2016

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JMc administer truce — Monitoring mechanisms, strict boundaries can reduce fighting recurrence

 Representatives from the government and eight ethnic armed groups applaud the conclusion of discussions. Agreed are post-ceasefire steps that must be adhered to until 30 days after the signing of the truce.
Representatives from the government and eight ethnic armed groups applaud the conclusion of discussions. Agreed are post-ceasefire steps that must be adhered to until 30 days after the signing of the truce.

SETTING the exact boundaries of each side’s territory and having  monitoring mechanisms can reduce the risk of recurring conflict between the government and rebel ceasefire signatories by up to 80 percent said a programme director at the Myanmar Peace Centre yesterday.
Boundaries had been set with some groups earlier but with others it is going to start now, MPC’s director Dr Min Zaw Oo told the media at a press conference after a Joint Monitoring Committee’s first meeting at the centre in Yangon.
The mechanisms will allow both sides to deal with possible clashes during the transition period before the monitoring process comes into effect, added the director.
Formation of state-level and regional committees is included in the mechanisms said U Khuensau Jaryen, adviser to Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army, one of ceasefire signatories.
He reiterated the importance of public involvement in monitoring signatories to see whether they have fully adherence to the agreement.
According to the press conference the Union-level joint monitoring committee has been formed at the three-day meeting with Lt-Gen Yar Pyae appointed as chairman, Saw Isaac of Karen National Union as first vice-chairman, Dr Shwe Khar of Chin National Front and Col Wunna Aung as secretary-1.
The committee will be comprised of six civilian members, one of whom will serve as the second vice-chairman.
The second meeting is scheduled to take place after approval for the agreement the two sides reached at the first meeting and from the second Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting on 16 November in Nay Pyi Taw.

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