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Myanmar claims Security Council statement creates undue pressure

  • Published at 08:33 pm November 7th, 2017
Myanmar claims Security Council statement creates undue pressure
Myanmar's permanent representative to the UN has said the UN Security Council's statement on Myanmar would not be of much help in resolving the Rohingya crisis and that it creates undue pressure on the country. The Myanmar envoy also claimed that the statement  infringed the work of other United Nations organs, according to a UN press release. He alleged that terrorist attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) had triggered the crisis on August 25, and that foreign militants had fought beside the rebels. He also mentioned that to deal with the tragedy, his government had reached out to Bangladesh and two Memoranda of Understanding had been signed. The Myanmar envoy added that although Myanmar rejected some elements in the statement, it was determined to find a sustainable solution for the issue of Rakhine State. His government would continue to work with the international community, including the United Nations, towards peace and development there, he said. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh representative thanked the Council for a comprehensive statement, saying it could serve as a building block towards the timely and critical action that is needed. Bangladesh will continue to provide aid to the hundreds of thousands who have fled and will continue to engage Myanmar, he added. The Bangladesh envoy also observed that the complexity of the engagement could be seen in the denial of the real situation by Myanmar’s representative. Alleging that claims about terrorism in Rakhine State were only part of 'fiction' put forward by that delegate, he expressed hope that Monday's statement would result in action to assist those on the ground, supporting the appointment of a special representative as well. Issues that required priority included adequate aid to those remaining, progress in the repatriation process and restoration of the rights and status of the Rohingya, he added. Calling on the Myanmar government to end the excessive military force and inter-communal violence that has devastated the Rohingya community in Rakhine State, the Security Council on Monday urged the implementation of agreed-upon mechanisms to assist the return of those who have fled and to ensure access to humanitarian aid. A statement read out by Sebastiano Cardi (Italy), president of the Council for November, condemned attacks on the Myanmar security forces by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25 , while also strongly condemning violence and abuses that have taken place since then and displaced more than 607,000 people, the vast majority of the Rohingya. He cited reports of systematic killings, sexual violence and destruction of homes. Stressing the primary responsibility of the Myanmar government to protect its population, the Council emphasised the importance of reforms in the security and justice sectors during the country’s transition to democracy.