December 13, 2017

JMC UNVEILS SHAN PLAN

Ceasefire monitoring committee pushes forward mechanism in Shan State

Col Wunna Aung, secretary of the Joint Monitoring Committee-Union, answers questions raised by the media after the third meeting that lasted two days at the Myanmar Peace Centre. Photo: Ye Myint
Col Wunna Aung, secretary of the Joint Monitoring Committee-Union, answers questions raised by the media after the third meeting that lasted two days at the Myanmar Peace Centre. Photo: Ye Myint

THE Joint Monitoring Committee is pushing forward with their efforts by endevouring to establish an effective state-level mechanism in Shan State today, according to the attendees of the committee’s Day 2 meeting in Yangon yesterday.
Following the agreement reached at today’s meeting forming a joint monitoring committee-state level will begin tomorrow in Shan State’s Kolam Township, said Dr Shwe Khar, JMC’s secretary-1.
The state-level committee is set to be comprised of five representatives each from both the government and ethnic armed organisations and four from civil society organisations, he added
According to the JMC’s secretary-1, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, JMC’s chairman, will lead the process of forming the Shan State joint monitoring committee.
The JMCs are also set to be formed at a regional level, apart from Union-level and region/state-level, said Col Wunna Aung, another committee’s secretary.
On works to be done in improving communicative links between the two sides that have engaged in the renewed clashes in Shan State, Dr Min Zaw Oo, a programme director at Myanmar Peace Centre, stressed the need to establish a better understanding between the commanders of the two sides.
Prior to the demarcation process in Shan State, we are now looking to first set up the mechanism that involves monitoring, verification and conflict resolution, he added.
Shan State will became the first area to see renewed clashes after the signing of the ceasefire deal between the government and eight ethnic armed organisations following the fighting between the Tatmadaw and  the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), an NCA signatory.
“The incident is an accident”, Col Wunna Aung commented about the case, adding that the implementation of the military code of conduct for both sides as well as guidelines will take place at various levels following the formation of the state-level committee in Shan State.
The monitoring mechanism in Shan State will become effective following the formation of the state-level committee and the setting up of a system of monitoring adherence to guidelines for the committee, said U Ko Ko Gyi, one of the JMC’s members.
He called on NCA signatories to be strict in their adherence to the basic principle of resolving the conflicts through negotiation, rather than using brute.

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