Loi Land Meeting

Loi Land Meeting - RCSS, UNODC and President U Thein Sein Gov

On 14 February 2013, a meeting was held in Loi Land of Mong Nai between RCSS, UNODC and President U Thein Sein government before the actual needs assessment can be made in Mong Nai and Mong Pan.

 

 

Loi Land Meeting

 

The meeting was attended by RCSS representative Major. Kheo Fah, 3 members of UNODC, Minister of Shan State Border Security Col. Aung Thu, Director of the CCDAC Office and Drug Eradication Department Pol Col Myint Aung, Shan State Police Chief U Win Tun, Kholam District Deputy Commander U Thant Zin Oo, Mong Nai Shan youths, Cultural Association on Drug Eradication and people of Mong Nai.

At the meeting, UNODC Country Manager Mr. Jason Eligh explained the purpose of meeting to the meeting participants as in the following.

  1. In March 2013, to jointly conduct needs assessment in Mong Nai and Mong Pan.
  2. In May 2013, to hold a meeting between RCSS, UNODC and President U Thein Sein government to decide the AD project site locations.
  3. In June 2013, to meet with the people concerned in the selected locations and explain to them about the plan and how the locations have been chosen and get the opinion of the people to participate in the implementation process.
  4. In September 2013, to start implementing the AD project.
  5. In order to achieve a successful project, it depends on every one’s participation.

At this meeting, Sao Kheo Fah states, “We, RCSS local authorities, also have the responsibility of working on drug eradication and crop substitution. We are happy to have the opportunity of joining hands with UNODC and President U Thein Sein government in working for Shan State people.”

On 10 February 2013, RCSS Chairman Lt. Gen. Yawd Serk and Mr. Jason Eligh discussed about the same issue in Loi Tai Leng and to start the needs assessment in March 2013 as well.

On 02 April 2013, RCSS Anti-Narcotic Committee members met with Mr. Jason Eligh at UNODC office in Taunggyi.

During the meeting, Mr. Jason Eligh said that the situation in which the needs assessment could not be started as planned in March was because of the fighting between SSA and the Tamataw soldiers on 24 February 2013 and fear that it could widely spread. The needs assessment would be started after water festival and he would need to talk to Naypyitaw to get the approval.

Thereafter, it is said that a higher officer of UNODC would reach Naypyitaw to have a meeting and talk with President U Thein Sein government in order to start the needs assessment and the patience is needed to wait for the green light from the meeting. 

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9 point agreement reached in Tachileik

On 27-28 October 2012, a Roundtable Discussion on Implementing a Shan State Response to Alternative Development and Other illicit Drugs was held between the Government, UNODC and RCSS at the City Hall, in Tachileik.

This is the first ever meeting the agreement has been reached on the topic since it was included as the first point of the 12 point agreement signed between the Government and RCSS at the second union level meeting held in Kentung on 19 May 2012.

The 9 point agreement reached at the roundtable discussion.

  1. To conduct a Government, UNODC and RCSS joint needs assessment in the townships of Mong Nai and Mong Pan of Shan State.
  2. Based on the data from the needs assessments, to conduct a Government,  UNODC and RCSS joint selection of AD pilot locations in these two townships.
  3. To jointly undertake community consultation in pilot locations as part of a joint AD programme design process for these selected pilot locations.
  4. To make implementation as soon as possible in a joint Government, UNODC and RCSS partnership in these selected pilot locations.
  5. UNODC will provide technical assistance to the Government and the RCSS in support of these AD processes.
  6. UNODC will discuss with international donors to get the funding currently needed in a joint selected pilot project locations.
  7. RCSS will keep the local people as well as its members informed on protection against dangers of drugs, reduction and total eradication of opium cultivation, cooperation in the control of drugs and implementation of the crop substitution project.
  8. For effective implementation on joint control of narcotic drugs and AD projects, CCDAC, Shan State Police Force and RCSS will each appoint contact persons and exchange information through emails, telephones and other appropriate means.
  9. Security issues in the joint CCDAC-UNODC and RCSS crop substitution project sites will be presented to the higher authorities.

To be able to effectively make implementation of the agreement made, RCSS, point 9 of the agreement, has requested Government-RCSS security cooperation at the AD pilot locations so that security can highly be assured.RCSS RepresentativesGovernment Representatives

 

Mr. Jason Eligh UNODC

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UWSA has released SSA soldiers

A high level officer from 727 brigade of the Shan State Army disclosed that SSA soldiers arrested by UWSA at Poong Far Poong Tong of Mongton township on 30 June 2012 had been handed back to the SSA authority and arrived at the base on 17 September 2012.

On 13 September 2012, a SSA delegation was sent to the Wa army stationing in Huay Aw of Mongton township and discussed with UWSA’s high level officers.

One of SSA’s high level officers in the delegation said, “The reasons SSA soldiers were arrested by the Wa are 1. SSA soldiers were encroaching on the UWSA region, 2. SSA accused them of getting involved in drugs trade and 3. SSA arrested 60 workers from Hongpan company.”

He explained that the accusation of the Wa on SSA was just a misunderstanding. The accusation is groundless. Our soldiers were not encroaching on UWSA region. We don’t accuse them of getting involved in drugs trade. We did not arrest anyone from Hongpan company. It has been just a misunderstanding.

The two sides reached an agreement in the meeting to open channel of communication in order not to incur further greater conflict between the two.

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