The country urges promoting the inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said that the country opposed “attempts at intervening in Myanmar’s internal affairs,” warning that it will only deepen “interreligious discord.”
Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova presented the statement to the press on Friday, referring to the situation in the Rakhine state of Myanmar as a “migration crisis.”
The statement did not address the Myanmar army’s crackdown on the civilian Rohingya population, which the United Nations has called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Instead it condemned “armed actions by radical elements.”
“It is essential to remember that the wish to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign state may merely bring about further inter-religious discord,” Maria said.
Moscow supports “efforts for promoting the inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar among the spiritual leaders of all confessions,” she added.
“In that connection we took note of the collective statement by the leading organisations representing Myanmar’s multi-ethnic Muslim community who condemned armed actions by radical elements in that region (Rakhine),” she said.
“We express support for the government and urge the coreligionists to avoid yielding to provocations by extremist forces.”
Zakharova said Moscow welcomed the government of Myanmar in its efforts “to implement recommendations made by the commission under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.”
“In part, a special committee has been created for this purpose under the minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement, which incorporates officials of the law enforcement and economic agencies,” Zakharova said.
She claimed that Myanmar authorities were “providing assistance to the internally displaced persons in returning to their homes.”
“According to the available data,” she said, about 2,000 people had returned to their homes.
“We expect that similar measures will be taken in relation to other persons affected by the migration crisis.”
Zakharova claimed Myanmar’s military transport aircraft were delivering foods, medicines and other relief aid to Rakhine.
“Mobile medical centres have been set up to provide assistance to the local population. Ruined infrastructure facilities are being repaired. A tour of the northern part of that area has been arranged for correspondents of local and foreign mass media,” Zakharova said. “We hope that journalists’ humanitarian access to the violence-stricken areas will become standard practice,” she said.