JMC-U may take action against NCA violators


A temporary refugee camp at Ken Mong monastery in Kyaukme, northern Shan State on 21 February 2016. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima

The Union Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U), responsible for ensuring the implementation of the nationwide ceasefire agreement, issued a press release following a meeting in Yangon yesterday saying that the committee reserves the right to take action against any party responsible for further clashes, state media reported on 25 February.

Representatives from the government, the eight signatory ethnic armed groups and civil society groups gathered in Yangon from 22 to 24 February and agreed to seek ways to prevent further clashes, referring to developments in the aftermath of the nationwide ceasefire agreement signing last year.In particular the recent clashes between the RCSS/SSA, which signed the NCA, and TNLA, which is a non-signatory, in northern Shan State. So far over 4000 people have been displaced by the fighting resulting in statements from both the US and EU for all parties to cease hostilities.

Both sides of the nationwide ceasefire agreement, the government and the ethnic armed organisations, are required to make their members at all levels aware of the impact the clashes might have on the lives of citizens and their property.

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