Addressing the issues in Rakhine State is afundamental part of building peace, national reconciliation, security and governance in Myanmar.
The Government of Myanmar is committed to dignified repatriation of the people who had fled to Bangladesh.
We welcome a recent statement made by Bangladesh Foreign Minister Ali that Bangladesh would repatriate the first batch of 6000 displaced persons in the near future.
The Rakhine issue has a complicated historical, ethnic and religious background and needs to be handled appropriately by Myanmar and Bangladesh via bilateral consultations.
Only peace, patience and mutual trust can address the complex issue in Rakhine State.
Forced imposition of anexternal political agenda will only impact negatively on the current complex situation and affect thedemocratic transition process.
The Government highly appreciates the assistance and cooperation rendered by our fellow ASEAN countries and other neighbouring countries including China, India and Japan for the resettlement and rehabilitation of the returnees.
In Rakhine State, hundreds of new jobs and opportunities have been created for local people through public-private partnerships in recent years.
The greatest strength of a democratic transition is the unity, determination and active participation of the people.
The international community can best assist Myanmar in realizing our democratic nation building by rendering constructive contribution towards Myanmar’s endeavours based on understanding and mutual respect.
But,wehad objected tothe UNFact-Finding Mission’sreport based on narratives and not on hard evidence which wouldonly serve to inflame tensions further and potentially hinder the Government’s efforts to create much needed social cohesion in Rakhine State.
The Government has repeatedly explained the fact that the current humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State was ignited by theARSA terrorist group in August 2017.
It is crucial to bear in mind that the present crisis affected not only the Muslim community but also local ethnic groups.
When we talk about human rights, we should look at human rights of both communities.
We are dismayed by the fact that the Mission has deliberately and glaringly discounted ARSA terrorist atrocities which could even be interpreted by many as justifying or condoning the acts of Muslim extremist terrorists.
Putting accountability above all else without regard to other positive developments is a dangerous attempt that will face utter failure. The present reports of the FFM and the Special Rapporteur are not contributing to building peace, harmony, national reconciliation and development in Rakhine State.
Building peace and democratization needs patience and mutual trust.
Let us say again, we need patience and more trust building because this is the way to lead us to realizing our ultimate national goal of building a truly democratic federal union.