Only local civilian monitors permitted by Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) would be authorized for monitoring work for ceasefire.
“The direct involvement of the local people and their voices are important for the monitoring work. Meanwhile, civil society organizations / community based organizations (CSO/CBO) can provide technical support and raising the capacity of the civilian monitors,” said Dr Min Zaw Oo, Union Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) Director.
He made the remarks in his reply to the journalists following the meeting between the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) and civil society organizations / community based organizations (CSO/CBO) held yesterday at National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon.
The meeting was attended by 21 CBO/CSOs, JMC-U Vice-Chairman-2 Saw Matthew Aye of civilian monitor group, JMC-U secretary and members and State Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-S) representative.
“Some CSOs were conducing monitoring work under monitoring projects and the meeting was called in order not to confuse the people,” he added.
As the voice of the people is most important, direct local participation is needed and thus only local civilians monitors permitted by JMC is allowed to conduct monitoring work said Dr. Min Zaw Oo.
He further added that it was agreed and accepted to include civilians in JMC and from the CSO side, CSO members can also join as individuals.
Ye Khaung Nyunt