Nay Pyi Taw March 25
A Tatmadaw press conference on ceasefire situation of the Tatmadaw with armed ethnic organizations and peace processes, and progress in restoring peace and stability of Rakhine State took place at the Defence Services Museum, here,this afternoon.
The press conference was attended by Chairman of Tatmadaw True News Information Team Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo, Vice Chairman Maj-Gen Tun Tun Nyi and Secretary Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun together with senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), and 67 reporters and correspondents from 32 local news agencies, daily newspapers,journals, local TV news agencies and locally-based foreign new agencies.
First, Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo made detailed clarifi cation on movements of armed organizations beyond the designated areas, clashes between them, engagements between the Tatmadaw columns and these organizations, forcibly recruiting of local people, declining and increasing of extortion in third month in Northern Command, NorthEast Command, Eastern Command,Eastern Central Command and Triangle Region Command during the Tatmadaw’s ceasefire period starting from 21 December 2018. He also discussed meetings between the Tatmadaw Negotiating Committee and peace delegates from Shan State Progress Party (SSPP/SSA), Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) and Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), and progress of peace processes.
Maj-Gen Tun Tun Nyi explained Independence and sovereignty of the State and disturbance and attacks of AA insurgents on members of Myanmar Police Force who have been protecting local ethnic people in Rakhine State against terror attacks committed by ARSA extreme Bengali terrorists with excessive strengths. In this regards, a total of 15 skirmishes and one mine incident happened in 2015, 26 skirmishes and ten mine incidents in 2016, 56 times of fighting and five mine incidents in 2017, 61engagements and 19 mine incidents in 2018 and 97 clashes and 39 mine incidents from 1 January to 24 March 2019. As AA insurgents attacked local military headquarters,camps and Tatmadaw columns,and police outposts discharging security duties, sent letters of threats to police members and ward and village administrators, collected extortion and forcibly recruited local people as their new members,skirmishes happened between the Tatmadaw and AA insurgents. He clarified injuries of innocent people at their body organs and deaths in blasts of violent explosive mines planted by AA insurgents on communication routes near towns and villages, showing maps and documentary photos. He requested local people to inform nearby security forces about suspected things in time if they find suspected acts of AA insurgents which will take the people as cover to commit attacks, mine planting and explosion and terror acts in Rakhine State.
Then, Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo,Maj-Gen Tun Tun Nyi and Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun replied to queries raised by those from respective new agencies. The full text of question and answer session will be described in daily newspapers.