Myanmar’s Military Warns Ethnic Armies Against Trying to Expand Territory During Cease-fire

Myanmar’s military on Friday warned ethnic armed groups to end hostilities in five of its command regions around the country and to stop attempts to expand their territory during the temporary unilateral cease-fire that the armed forces imposed in December, or risk damaging the nation’s teetering peace process.The Tatmadaw, as the armed forces are called in Myanmar, is determined to achieve peace in the war-torn country by 2020 and wants talks on national reconciliation and peace to be held in the near future, said a statement issued by the Myanmar military’s information team.“[W]hile the EAOs [ethnic armed organizations] should be putting their efforts into peace negotiations during the truce, they have focused on building up strength, recruitment and boundary expansions” that have impacted civilian livelihoods, increased the number of people displaced by fighting, disrupted road transportation security, and affected the country’s peace process........................


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