September 14, 2016

JMC plans to open more offices in ceasefire areas

JMC-U meeting being held at NRCP in Yangon.
JMC-U meeting being held at NRCP in Yangon.

AN agreement has reached to open up to six offices in ceasefire areas, according to the second-day session of the Union Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday.
Four region/state level joint ceasefire monitoring committees have been opened in Shan State, Taninthari Region, Kayin State and Mon State, with plans to open two more in Bago Region and Chin State.
According to JMC-U’s Secretary-1 Dr Shwe Khar, offices will be opened in Taungoo of Bago Region in October and in Haka of Chin State in November.
The discussions included the meeting between the JMC-U and the United Nations and demarcation.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) finances the committee to conduct its peacemaking activities, with an official estimating that the committee would need US$100,000 to continue its work until the end of this year.
In connection with demarcation, the Tatmadaw will make discussions with ethnic armed organisations under the supervision of the Union Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee. The committee is planning to include civil society organisations in the process.


Ye Khaung Nyunt


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