Some NCA signatories hold talks on JMC

Kyaw Zin Win

Some ethnic NCA signatories have begun holding talks regarding the  Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) at the headquarters of the Karen National Union (KNU) in Kayin State.  Present at the discussions, which began on February 6, have been Chief of Staff General Saw Johnny of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), a subordinate of the Karen National Union (KNU), Major-General Saw Ai Zet Phoe of the KNU, Vice-Chairman (1) of the Joint Monitoring Committee-Union (JMC-U), Major Saw Rojer Khin, in-charge of KNU subordinate defence department, Phado Saw Tar Do Hmu, general secretary of the KNU and representatives from the KNU military side and civilian side numbering more than 100.

The dialogue on JMC by the KNU will end on Thursday. During the meeting days, the work procedures of the JMC have been reviewed. The dialogue will seek a better joint implementation of JMC’s processes, the KIC news agency reported.

The KIC news agency further reported, citing the KNU community, that the KNU would hold discussions about the  Tatmadaw’s prohibition against erecting the statue of Saw Ba Oo, a Karen national leader.

The Daily Eleven contacted Phado Saw Tar Do Hmu, general secretary of the KNU, but no one answered the phone.

Similarly, the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) held workshops on the JMC at the headquarters of the RCSS/SSA from January 17 to 19, a source of the RCSS/SSA said.

At the workshop, the RCSS members clarified root causes of military tension with the Tatmadaw, and the Tatmadaw’s accusations of RCSS’s invasion, minor recruitment and extortion money.

The RCSS/SSA clashed with the Tatmadaw more than 20 times following the participation in the signing the NCA. Some RCSS members were detained. The KNU did not have clashes with Tatmadaw, but at the grassroots level there are still arguments about troop movements.

Translated by Win Htut