Rakhine issue is an internal affair: Chinese Ambassador
China has offered its assistance to the displaced people in conflict areas in northern Rakhine, welcoming the Union government’s undertakings to provide assistance to the people.
Mr. Hong Liang, the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar, conveyed the message to the government at a meeting yesterday with Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, in Nay Pyi Taw.
“The stance of China regarding the terrorist attacks in Rakhine is clear, it is just an internal affair; the counterattacks of Myanmar security forces against extremist terrorists and the government’s undertakings to provide assistance to the people are strongly welcomed,” said the ambassador.
“China’s help for the Rakhine crisis is just a social obligation. The president of the Chinese Entrepreneurs Association, the vice president of the oil and gas pipeline project and responsible personnel from the Kyaukphyu Deep Sea Port Project were brought here together with him; the company wished to provide assistance to the displaced persons,” he added.
“It was very disheartening for the country when (authorities) were accused of human rights violation following the counterattack on the terrorists for the security and stability of the State. The State Counsellor had given instructions to not use unnecessary excessive force and to conduct operations in accordance with the law while clearing the areas,” said Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye. The minister explained that the extremist terrorists attacked first in 2016 October and again in 2017 August. The repulsing attacks of the government forces were falsely expressed in international media, resulting in pressure on Myanmar.
Actually, those who suffered from the terrorist’s attacks were minority ethnics, the minister said. “In the attacks, those being killed were ethnic minorities; in northern Rakhine, people of Islamic faith are the majority, and Rakhine and other ethnics were minorities.” “Besides, the five people of Hindu faith who fled to Bengladesh were coerced to act as people of Islamic faith and give false statements to vilify the security forces. Those made-up stories were put into video coverage,” he added.
All the people of Islamic faith were not taking part in terrorist attacks. Islamic villages which want to live in peace were cooperating with the government.
Humanitarian assistance was provided through the Red Cross Movement. There were coordination meetings between the government and Denmark, the United States, Britain, Australia and the European Commission, which were the donor countries for the Red Cross Movement works. Currently there are over 26,000 displaced persons in Sittway. Food, education and health services were already arranged. It was also arranged to return the refugees to their original places. The relief camps won’t exist too long, the minister added.—MNA