Tatmadaw to take severe action if RCSS/SSA fails to return seized items in prescribed period


Nay Pyi Taw February 13

While around 50 members of RCSS/SSA were extorting money on Union Road section between Mongpyin and Kengtung in eastern Shan State, an incident occurred on 12 February evening in which a ¼-ton military vehicle carrying two commanding officers en route from Taunggyi to Kengtung after the completion of their temporary assigned duties was stopped at estimated map reference (ND-218623) and items from the vehicle were seized.

RCSS/SSA signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA)on 15 October 2015. It is an armed organization that has been warned several times against the violations of the provisions since the NCA signing. With the aim of achieving lasting peace, the Tatmadaw has made a unilateral ceasefire in five military command areas by issuing a ceasefire and eternal peace statement on 21 December 2018. Moreover, the warning was issued to obey the statement on ceasefire and eternal peace on 26 January, 2019.

The action, despite being aware of the Tatmadawmen and military items, is a huge opposite challenge to eternal peace. The Tatmadaw has informed the RCSS/SSA to give back military items taken from the military officers without delay after violating the agreements and statements. If not so,necessary action will be taken.Actions will be also taken against the military officers in accord with military disciplines for carrying out the duty with the lack of security awareness during the unilateral ceasefire period including peace process.

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