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Create environment conducive for Rohingya return, Japanese PM tells Suu Kyi

  • Published at 12:16 am October 23rd, 2019
Abe tells Suu Kyi
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo on Monday, October 21, 2019 Reuters

In a meeting with Suu Kyi in Tokyo, the Japanese prime minister also placed great emphasis on taking appropriate measures to address the reported human rights violations in Rakhine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for State Councillor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the country, to create favourable conditions in Rakhine to enable the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees sheltering in Cox’s Bazar.

In a meeting with Suu Kyi in Tokyo, the Japanese prime minister also placed great emphasis on taking appropriate measures to address the reported human rights violations in Rakhine.

“With regard to the alleged human rights violations in Rakhine State, it is indispensable that the Myanmar government and military promptly take appropriate measures according to the recommendations of the Independent Commission of Enquiry,” Shinzo Abe told Suu Kyi, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry on Monday.

The Myanmar leader is currently in Japan to attend the coronation of the new Japanese emperor.

“It is essential to create an environment conducive to the repatriation of displaced persons,” the Japanese prime minister said, giving assurances of his country’s “maximum” support to improve the situation in Rakhine State.

State Councillor Suu Kyi responded that she intends to address the Rakhine issue properly and will not hesitate to take necessary measures.

Regarding the peace process in ethnic minority areas, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “Japan will continue to provide support for advancing the peace process, together with Sasakawa Yohei, special envoy of the government of Japan for national reconciliation in Myanmar.”

Prime Minister Abe requested continued understanding and cooperation for the early resolution of the abduction issue. In response, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi expressed her full support for Japan’s position.

He also said: “I would like to once again express my respect for your efforts for the democratic nation building of Myanmar. Japan will continue to provide maximum support by bringing together both its public and private sectors.”

A senior Bangladeshi diplomat told Dhaka Tribune: “Japan has significant economic leverage in Myanmar, as it has invested and plans to invest more in Myanmar. If Tokyo is sincere enough, it can play a vital role in the repatriation of the Rohingyas.

“Japan even has investment plans in Rakhine,” he added.