Myanmar Army officer Colonel Wanna Aung, secretary of the union-level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) stated to the press that the military will undertake landmine removal under the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. Col. Wanna Aung is reported to have said this activity will commence in Kayin/Karen State.

The announcement was vague on details and it appears that final agreements on this may not have yet occurred. A similar announcement was made last September.

According to press statements no mine clearance will occur near Karen National Union military outposts in Kayin State. Col. Wanna Aung requested that international organizations provide technical assistance to the Myanmar military.

Press reports state that KNU Vice Chairman Kwe Htoo Win said the mine clearance process “will take time and that the public needed to be educated about the demining project before it was launched”.

Col Wanna Aung was quoted in press reports as stating that State-level JMCs will also hold discussions and submit their recommendations up to union level and that the ethnic armed groups will discuss mine clearance operation themselves, after which mine removal by the Myanmar military will be carried out.

See: Burma Army to Remove Landmines in Karen State  and  Army ready to clear Kayin land mines   and  Tatmadaw will lead in demining work