Ja-Loon Htaw – Among the domestic New Mon State Party (NMSP) liaison offices that had been closed in the past, the Moulmein office was reopened on February 26, 2012.
Lieutenant Colonel B’nyair Chan Non (Nai Ba Khine) will temporarily carry out his duties in the NMSP office located in Ngan Tae Ward, Moulmein.Lieutenant Colonel B’nyair Chan Non said, “Now I am carrying out liaison duties in the Moulmein office. At the coming Central Committee Meeting, it will be decided who will be appointed to serve in the newly-opened liaison offices.”
A day after NMSP and Burmese government representatives singed a peace agreement, the Moulmein liaison office was reopened, according to Peace Agent Nai Tin Aung.
“All of the NMSP’s closed liaison offices will be reopened. It was also decided and agreed to open new offices. Traveling will be easier as the liaison offices can operate,” continued Nai Tin Aung.
The new ceasefire agreement allows offices to be opened in areas where the NMSP is active, including Moulmein, Thanbyuzayat ,Ye, and Three Pagodas Pass Townships, the towns of Mudon and Kyaikmayaw, Zin Kyaik Village (Paung Township), Ra-Phuu Village (Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division), and the town of Myeik, according to peace agents.
After previously signing a ceasefire agreement with the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) in the mid-nineties, the NMSP was allowed to open liaison offices in four places.
When the NMSP refused government orders to transform its troops into Border Guard Forces (BGF), all NMSP liaison offices in metropolitan areas were closed in April 2010.