Burma

Former Myanmar Peace Center Director Appointed to Ceasefire Monitoring Committee

By Thu Thu Aung 17 August 2017

YANGON — A former director of the Myanmar Peace Center, U Aung Naing Oo, has been appointed to the role of executive director of the Technical Secretariat Center (TSC) of the Union-level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JCM).

The appointment was approved at the JCM’s 11th regular meeting, which was held last month at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center office in Yangon.

U Aung Naing Oo, who worked for the Myanmar Peace Center’s peace dialogue program from 2012-15, contributed to the drafting of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).

He also formerly served as a deputy director of the Vahu Development Institute, head of the All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF)’s Jungle University and as a member of the foreign affairs committee of the National Council of the Union of Myanmar.

Former Director Dr. Min Zaw Oo left the position at the end of July after the JMC accepted the appointment of U Aung Naing Oo.

The JCM was formed as the official body to monitor ceasefire implementation for signatories of the NCA, in an effort to advance the peace process.

In January 2016 the JMC formed five state-level committees in Karen, Mon and Shan states, and Bago and Tanintharyi Regions.

In February 2017, the JMC-TSC was given permission to seek $6.5 million in funds for the 2017-18 fiscal years, which it secured from international donors.

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