Tatmadaw holds press conference at Defence Services Museum in Nay Pyi Taw
NAY PYI TAW May 3
A Tatmadaw press conference was held at Defence Services Museum here this afternoon. The press conference explained the Tatmadaw’s extension of ceasefire with ethnic armed groups and peace endeavours, undertakings for peace and stability in Rakhine State, healthcare provided by the Tatmadaw for local ethnics through mobile specialist teams, and natural disaster preparatory measures of the Tatmadaw and its rescue and aid programmes.
Present were Chairman of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo, Vice Chairman Maj-Gen Tun Tun Nyi, Secretary Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), and 51 reporters of internal news agencies, dailies, journals, domestic TV channels and local-based external news agencies totalling 32 news outlets. First, Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun explained the violent attacks of ARSA/AA insurgents in Rakhine State, 60 engagements and 13 mine attacks resulting from terrorist acts of AA insurgents during the period from 26 February to 25 March 2019, 65 engagements during the period between 26 March and 25 April, 26 mines attacks indicating the rise in such attacks, seizure of rice bags and other rations, medicines, medical equipment and foodstuff bearing the USAID/WFP markings from AA insurgents, AA insurgents’ destructive acts with the use of high-explosive killer mines in blowing up communication links near towns and villages, displacement of local ethnics due to AA insurgents’ violent attacks and abductions, AA insurgents’ attacks on military and security troops by using ward and village people as a human shield and their attempt to destroy Paletwa project were also clarified along with maps and documentary photos.
Maj-Gen Tun Tun Nyi explained documents related to a trip by the warship (Hsinphyushin) from the Myanmar Tatmadaw (Navy) to the People’s Republic of China to attend International Fleet Review and China South East Asia Maritime Exercise 2019 in Qingdao, Shandong, giving medical treatment to local people by Tatmadaw specialist mobile medical teams, sending of military doctors who wanted to serve of their own accord to 22 hospitals in the regions with less development in health sector since 2016, Tatmadaw’s readiness to render help in case natural disaster happens and the directive to send troops from nearby regiments / units for help in times of natural disaster without the need to wait for any order, readiness of Tatmadawmen, vehicles and machinery for timely rendering of assistance if necessary, plans to file lawsuits against false accusations and spoken or written reports intended to harm the image of the Tatmadaw and servicemen in accord with the law, no interference by the Tatmadaw in judicial affairs and true situation and legal actions to be taken against those disrupted the fencing of 132.82 acres of land owned by the Tatmadaw in Htonbo, Patheingyi Township, PyinOoLwin District for raising dairy cow since 1993.
Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo explained extension of ceasefire period in five military command areas, tasks of undertaking internal peace process, discipline breaking of ethnic armed organizations on a monthly basis after the Statement on ceasefire and eternal peace was issued on 21 December 2018, holding of meetings between National Reconciliation and Peace Center and EAOs for six times from 21 December 2018 when the Tatmadaw issued the Statement on ceasefire to 30 April 2019, meetings and discussions of NRPC with SSPP/SSA on 22 February 2019, RCSS/SSA on 11 March 2019, KNPP on 18 March 2019, eight EAOs which remain to sign the NCA on 21 March 2019, KNU on 11 April 2019, and KIO, MNTJP, PSLF and ULA on 30 April 2019, three times meeting between the Tatmadaw Negotiation Team and ethnic armed organizations, the meeting with SSPP/SSA on 25 February 2019, RCSS/SSA on 12 March 2019 and KNPP on 19 March 2019, and six members from KIA and seven from TNLA which returned to the legal fold along with arms and ammunition during the period of Statement on ceasefire and eternal peace. Afterwards, the Tatmadaw True News Information Team replied to queries raised by news agencies. The full text of question and answer session will continuously be described in daily newspapers.