17 February 2020
Government officials and representatives of ethnic armed organizations signed in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement held talks on Sunday in Yangon on the implementation of No.1 agreement made in the 8th Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting on NCA.
The meeting was attended by Chairman of NRPC Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo, military officers from the Office of Commander in Chief (Army) Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Lt-Gen Min Naung and Lt-Gen Tin Maung Win, Secretary of Peace Commission Retired Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo, Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Pyone Cho (a) U Htay Win Aung, Advisors of Peace Commission U Hla Maung Shwe, U Moe Zaw Oo and Director-General U Zaw Htay of the Ministry of the State Counsellor’s Office, and Peace Commission members U Hla Maung Shwe and U Moe Zaw Oo.
The EAO representatives included Head of ceasefire negotiation team Pado Saw Se Gal, Negotiator Sai Lyan and members of negotiation team Dr. Shwe Khra, Saw Tar Malar Thaw, Khun Aung Mahn and Nai Aung Ma Ngay.
The No.1 agreement in 8th JICM covers NCA’s Chapter 3- Ceasefire Related Matters, Chapter 4- Maintaining and Strengthening Ceasefire, Chapter 6—Future Tasks to be implemented during the interim period. In his opening remark, the Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo said the No. 1 agreement of 8th JICM, while holding Joint Monitoring Committee meetings.
The meetings of peace negotiators on 2 and 3 February at NRPC also decided to implement the No.1 agreement, with immediate discussions, selecting the topics and the ongoing plans.
In NCA, 35 paragraphs are concerned with political issue, 55 paragraphs with military issue and 23 paragraphs with socioeconomic issues.
The Union Attorney General also emphasized observing the military code of conduct, strengthening ceasefire and creating a situation of mutual trust between the government and ethnic armed organizations, and avoiding to take the upper hand in negotiations.
Negotiation team leader Pado Saw Se Gay discussed implementations of NCA between the Tatmadaw and the EAOs, fair discussions for ceasefire and supporting the peace process.
After the meeting, the Union Attorney-General said that the meeting turned out positive results, and basically agreed to hold the JMC meeting around 10, 11 and 12 March, and that it would be approved after detailed discussions. The meetings on 17 and 18 will discuss the remaining agreements of JICM.
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