Ceasefire watchdogs for northern Shan and Kachin states: Peace Foundation

    Ceasefire watchdogs are set to monitor the shaky peace in areas of Myanmar where armed ethnic groups face-off with Myanmar troops. Fighters from the All Burma Students Democratic Front-North (ABSDF-North) prepare to fire a mortar near Laiza, Kachin State in 2012. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

    Work is underway to form “ceasefire watchdog groups” by the end of this year to monitor clashes between ethnic and government troops, said Maran Gyaw Gun, peace process assistant manager of the Nyein Foundation, based in Myitkyina, Kachin State on October 13.

    “The foundation will offer training to local people. Results from monitoring the actions of both government and ethnic troops will be reported to relevant officials. In particular, they will assess who is responsible for opening fire,” he told Mizzima.

    Khun Ja from the Kachin Peace Network said the authorities concerned, including parliament, will monitor the results from the ceasefire watchdog groups formed in the regions where there are armed ethnic groups.

    Maran Gyaw Jun said these groups will monitor the ceasefire process, adding that their findings will be submitted to the authorities.

    According to the Nyein Foundation, the groups are to focus on monitoring the movements of troops on both sides, collect information on how they liaise with each other, and submit reliable evidence on the actions and loss and injury of people involved in the conflicts.

    Source: http://www.mizzima.com