The coordination committee of ethnic armed organizations and the signatories of nationwide ceasefire agreement held a coordination meeting at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday to work together for prevention an containment of COVID-19 diseases.
Vice Chairman of coordination committee and retired Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo led the government side and U Myo Win and party represented NCA-S EAO.
Regarding the meeting, Peace Commission’s Advisory Board member U Hla Maung Shwe said, “The Vice Chairman of committee explained the formation of this committee and invitation for coordination have been informed to the 18 ethnic armed groups; the 14 groups have reported their implementation; we will hold online meeting in a couple of days with the 10 ethnic armed groups signed in the NCA; the COVID-19 must be faced against for the national interest, and that both signatories and non-signatories are expected to work together in this issue.”
The NCA signatories will meet with the Peace Process Working Team (PPWT) in discussions with the government on COVID-19 prevention, control and treatment plans.
U Myo Win, the representative of NCA-S EAO and coordinator for NCA implementation, said, “Today’s meeting is an informal discussion for official meetings. We discussed recommendations of the President. The ethnic armed organizations also discussed their works on COVID-19 measures, especially about handling the returnees of Myanmar migrant workers through border crossings.”
“These ethnic armed groups are mainly focusing on prevention and control measures. However, they will need government’s assistance for treatments,” he added.
On the agreement on holding the follow-up meeting on 8 May, U Myo Win said, “The government has offered to provide techniques and equipment to fight against COVID-19 depending on the different significant features and geographical conditions. The government has formed a coordination and cooperation committee with an order of the President’s Office on 27 April to work with ethnic armed groups for seven tasks in measures against COVID-19.—Ye Gaung Nyunt (Translated by Aung Khin)