Meeting eases Mon military tensions

Bo Bo Myint
Tension between the military and the New Mon State Party (NMSP) has reduced following a meeting, according to Naing Win Hla, the party's internal affairs chief. 
The commander of South-East Command and NMSP leaders met at the command headquarters in Mawlamyine, Mon State, on Thursday. 
"The media was reporting that there was some conflict with the army. Today, a discussion was held between the South-East Command commander and military affairs officer and a delegation led by NMSP general secretary Naing Aung Min. I think the problem could be solved to a certain degree after our discussion," said Naing Win Hla
NMSP had to remove its two checkpoints on the Thanbyuzayat-Phayathonesu Road on February 14 after an instruction from the army. Troops and police later searched the party's liaison office in Ye Township, sparking tension and worrying residents. 
Naing Win Hla said his party had solved every political problem through peaceful means, citing some examples of clashes between the Karen National Union and the military. 
He said some exaggerated news reports fuelled the issue, commenting that the media should report what had happened. 
A Phayathonesu resident told the Daily Eleven that the situation was resolved. 
"The commandant met residents and explained the nationwide ceasefire agreement. Moreover, he met leaders of the NMSP and asked for coordination among ethnic Mon," said the resident.