REPRESENTATIVES of the Tatmadaw proposed to set Kayin State as a pilot area for removing landmines at the Union Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday.
Representatives of the ethnic armed organisations agreed to the proposal, offering to discuss it again at the eighth meeting which is slated to be held in November.
“After reaching an agreement over the proposal for the pilot demining area, the Tatmadaw and ethnic armed organisations agreed to work together toward their complete removal.” said Col Wunna Aung, Secretary of the JMC-U.
With technical assistance from abroad, the Tatmadaw and signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement will now carry out the removal of landmines together at a time when trust between the two sides has reached the highest point in almost six decades.
“We will give priority to areas where internationally displaced people will return. There will be no obstacles to removing the mines there.” said Saw Isaac Po of the KNU/KNLA.
AN agreement was reached to open up to six offices in ceasefire areas, according to the second-day session of the meeting on Wednesday.
Four region/state level joint ceasefire monitoring committees have been opened in Shan State, Taninthayi Region, Kayin State and Mon State, with plans to open two more in Bago Region and Chin State.
According to JMC-U’s Secretary-1 Dr Shwe Khar, offices will be opened in Taungoo of Bago Region in October and in Haka of Chin State in November.
The discussions included the meeting between the JMC-U and the United Nations and demarcation.
Ye Khaung Nyunt