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Efforts For Peace: 18th Union Level Joint Monitoring Committee Meeting Begins

12 September 2018

The Union Level Joint Monitoring Committee on Ceasefire (JMC-U) began its 18th meeting on Wednesday at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon.

The meeting focused on the implementation, weaknesses, strong facts and challenges of JMC working procedures as well as implementation and negotiations for the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in the period between the 17th JMC-U meeting and the 18th one. This meeting reviewed the working process and responsibilities which are being carried out by JMC. The JMC-U Chairman urged all the participants to make discussions based on mutual trust and respect for successful implementation of the peace process.

Chairman, JMC-U, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae said “We all should negotiate with each other for peace process. JMC-U also established more committees in the conflict areas. We have plans to form local civilian monitoring (LCM) groups in wards and villages to support the JMC-U’s monitoring process. All stakeholders including ethnic armed organizations and civil organizations have to follow the rules of JMC-U. The Peace process is very deep so all the stakeholders should avoid the manners that might cause conflict.”

The meeting also discussed and thoroughly coordinated the work implementation status of JMC-U and future works.

Vice Chairman (1), JMC-U, Saw Isaac Po said “Organizing such meetings shows hopes for peace. JMC-U really plays a main role to implement the peace process. To strengthen the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and Peace process, we have to overcome the challenges by negotiating with each other.”

This 18th Union Level Joint Monitoring Committee on Ceasefire (JMC-U) meeting will conclude on Friday. The JMC-U was formed on the 18th of November in 2015 with representatives from the government, signatory ethnic armed organizations and civilians.