At a ceremony held yesterday, the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar donated 10 cars to the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) to support joint-monitoring efforts for a nationwide ceasefire.
The ceremony was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) in Kamayut Township in Yangon.
Chinese Ambassador Mr. Hong Liang spoke at the ceremony explaining the reason for the donation, and stating that it was so JMC officials could have swifter and more efficient transportation for their work, which requires them to travel to various regions. He added that the JMC is an important component in pushing for peace in Myanmar and believed that ceasefire agreements between respective groups will be strengthened as the JMC develops. “The road ahead is filled with challenges and difficulties. However, I firmly believe that Myanmar can overcome them all, if every related party and group can work together,” said Mr. Hong Liang.
Mr. Hong Liang then officially handed over 10 Volvo cars to the JMC, which were accepted by JMC-U Chairperson Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Vice-Chair (1) Saw Isaac Po and Vice-Chair (2) U Sai Myo Thant. They then handed over a commemoration certificate and presents to the Chinese ambassador. Chairperson Lt-Gen Yar Pyae expressed his gratitude for the donation. He said China has always been providing human resources and financial aid to help Myanmar’s peace efforts.
“China also engages in talks with ethnic armed organisations situated between our borders to take part in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA),” said the chairperson. “The cars we received today will be of immense help in JMC’s day-to-day operations. After the NCA was signed, the JMC formed five JMC-S and two JMC-I in states and regions. We have additional plans going forward and I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the JMC for the donation.”
This was followed by vice-chairs (1) and (2) delivering speeches of thanks.
The ceremony was attended by JMC-U chairperson and officials, the Chinese Ambassador and Embassy officials, and invited guests.