Norway moves to train landmine specialists

Writer: 
Kyaw Zin Win, Zarli Myint Oo
Peace talks in Yangon. (Photo – Wira Moe Nay)

The union-level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) has been invited by Norway to observe landmine clearance work in Thailand and Cambodia.

After meeting at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre, JMC secretary Colonel Wunna Aung told the media that both Myanmar’s military forces as well as ethnic armed forces had been invited.

Norway had invited both the military and ethnic armed groups to Cambodia and Thailand to observe landmine clearing and training. We have agreed to send around 20 Tatmadaw troops. They will be specialist engineers. The ethnic groups will discuss amongst themselves and then submit their own group to the JMC,” said Wunna Aung.

Landline clearance programmes have been carried out in the past. 

The JMC said there were numerous landmines in KachinKayin and Shan states and eastern Bago Region.

“Whatever we do, we do it only after an agreement is reached between both sides. For example, when it comes to landmines, we will do so only after designating both a time and place. We cannot just make one-sided decisions. So everything is still in the negotiating phase,” said JMC secretary Dr Shwe Khar.

Translated by – KWDT