February 08, 2017

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Government deals with aftermath of violent attack in Rakhine State with caution

Union ministers, Rakhine State Chief Minister meet with Sittwe’s Town-elders and departmental personnel. Photo: MNA
Union ministers, Rakhine State Chief Minister meet with Sittwe’s Town-elders and departmental personnel. Photo: MNA

The Union Government is dealing with issues related to the recent violent armed attacks in Rakhine State seeking a long-term solution, because the incidents seem to be rooted in long-simmering controversies, a Union Minister said.
At a meeting with local authorities in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Union Minister Dr Pe Myint stressed the need to find ways to solve such a “deep, sober and vulnerable issue”.
“Generally, it can be assumed that such an instability was attributed to subversive efforts of destructive elements”, said Dr Pe Myint, who heads the governmental mission that arrived in Sittwe yesterday to inform residents of the essential facts about the attacks as part of an effort to maintain peace and stability.
The Union Government responded effectively and promptly to carry out security matters, considering the current situation to be a national concern, the minister said.
The government also took a cautious approach to the violent armed attacks that occurred in the small hours of 9 October not to cause panic among the people and to prevent viral rumours and exaggeration over the issue by individuals and organisations who do not want to see stability in Rakhine State, he said.
Despite concerns that arose due to the violent armed attacks, a restrained response was required so as not to cause unnecessary consequences, he added.
Union Minister U Thein Swe said the government would release news and information coverage in the coming days and take legal action against law violators.
Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu clarified matters to lessen public anxiety and said the Union Government is cooperating with the Rakhine State cabinet to make arrangements in achieving tranquility in the State by the newly formed Central Committee for the State’s Peace and Development.
Police Brig-Gen Thura San Lwin of the Myanmar Police Force clarified that the attacks happened on 9th October.—Myanmar News Agency

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