For distribution of Aid: Myanmar government agree to ceasefire


According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, Myanmar’s military authorities have agreed to an Asian demand for a truce till the end of the year to allow the distribution of humanitarian supplies, citing the Southeast Asian bloc’s ambassador to the crisis-torn country.
Following a coup in February, ASEAN has been working to bring an end to the bloodshed in Myanmar, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people and establishing a dialogue between the military authorities and their opponents. In a video conference with Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, the ambassador, Mr. Erywan Yusof, suggested the ceasefire, which the military approved, he told the AFP. This isn’t going to be a political truce. According to a report published on Sunday (Sept 5), “this is a truce to protect the safety, (and) security of humanitarian personnel” in their efforts to distribute assistance securely.
“They had no dispute with what I stated about the ceasefire,” the envoy added, according to the report.
It was also revealed that Mr. Erywan had passed his idea on to groups opposed to military authority indirectly.
However, Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Thinzar Shunlei Yi told Reuters that the junta could not be trusted to keep the agreement, adding that “ceasefires provide more time for the military to reload bullets.”
ASEAN should urge the junta to cease “killing and terrorising” its people, according to Mr. Maw Htun Aung, a deputy minister in the National Unity Government, which opponents of military authority created.


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