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Myanmar government, armed groups agree on post-ceasefire steps

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Members of the Union-level Peace Work Committee of the Myanmar Government and representatives of armed ethnic groups at a talks in Yangon negotiation table on July 22. (Source: Xinhua/VNA)

The Myanmar government and eight out of 15 armed ethnic groups agreed on some post-ceasefire steps after they signed the Nationwide Ceasefore Accord (NCA), according to an official report released on November 1.

The parties made the agreement at the three-day first meeting of their Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JCMC) at the Myanmar Peace Center. The meeting ended on October 31.

A Myanmar Peace Center official said setting the exact boundaries of each party’s territory and using monitoring mechanisms could reduce the risk of recurring conflicts.

The mechanisms would allow both sides to deal with possible clashes during the transition period before the monitoring process comes into effect, he added.

The committee agreed to hold their second meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on November 16.

The Myanmar government and the eight armed ethnic groups formed two joint committees as part of the implementation of the NCA following its signing on October 15.

The Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee was set up to prevent the recurrence of armed clashes, and the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee will facilitate political dialogue.

Both sides agreed to strive to encourage other remaining armed groups to take part in the peace process.

The two sides were set to draw up a political framework within 60 days of the formal NCA signing and start a political dialogue within 90 days.-VNA
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