June 30, 2017

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Commander-in-Chief meets former UN chief, urges caution on Rakhine issue

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing holds talks with former Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State in Nay Pyi Taw.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing holds talks with former Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State in Nay Pyi Taw.

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met former United Nations Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan, who chairs the Advisory Committee for Rakhine State, in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing urged the commission to take into consideration the history of the issue in their review and proceed with caution, pledging the army’s help with the commission’s mission. The tension over the Rakhine issue is due to religious provocation rather than religion itself, the commander-in-chief said, stressing that the Rakhine people are very sensitive to the issue.
He attached importance to the inclusion of Rakhine nationals in finding a solution, calling for the need to take heed of citizenship, national solidarity and democratic rights. Kofi Annan expressed his gratitude for the insight into the history of the issue, reaffirming that his panel would only provide suggestions after meetings with stakeholders and the two communities in the region.
The former UN chief promised his commission would undertake a comprehensive review of regional development apart from the issue of citizenship eligibility. He called for the continued citizenship scrutiny process as the law stands. He heard respective concerns from both communities during his tour of Rakhine State a few days ago.

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