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Myanmar truce must be nationwide to defeat Covid-19

One must question the efficacy of the four-month ceasefire when two of the poorest states are excluded

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Myanmar truce must be nationwide to defeat Covid-19

Military officers who serve as members of Myanmar's parliament wear face masks and apply hand sanitizer before attending a regular session of the lower house on May 18 amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19. (Photo: Thet Aung/AFP)

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As world leaders including Pope Francis have called for a global ceasefire to fight together against the Covid-19 pandemic, Myanmar’s military has announced a nearly four-month truce in the conflict-torn nation.

The military or Tatmadaw said there will be a ceasefire from May 10 to Aug. 31 with the aim of effectively and rapidly carrying out the containment, prevention and treatment of Covid-19 and restoring peace.

The Tatmadaw statement released on May 9 also quoted the UN secretary-general’s call for a ceasefire and says it will continuously “strive for realizing its pledge to entrust eternal peace.”

However, Rakhine and Chin states where the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army (AA) are locked in fighting are excluded from the truce.

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