Gov’t confirms plans to enact commission recommendations

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The recently appointed National Security Advisor U Thaung Tun yesterday reaffirmed the Union government’s commitment to implement the large majority of the recommendations promptly in northern Rakhine and reiterated that there was no ethnic cleansing against the Muslims community there.

At a briefing to representatives from the diplomatic corps and UN Specialized Agencies in Yangon yesterday, the National Security Advisor referred to the State Counsellor’s recent interview with the BBC and restated the government’s stand on and commitments to the peace and national reconciliation in Rakhine State. he also recalled progress made by the government during a year in office as well as the priorities and the future direction for the country.

He also stated that a few of the recommendations would be contingent upon the situation on the ground, but said there would be speedy progress.

Speaking to diplomats in Yangon yesterday, the National Security Adviser also highlighted a number of positive developments in the conflict areas in northern Rakhine, disclosing that the government is working to close down camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kyaukpyu, Sittwe and Ramree.

Responding to the allegations of human rights violations, he updated the efforts of the Investigation Commission. He mentioned the latest visits conducted by commission members to affected areas in Rakhine and Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh. He reiterated that the government would take firm action in accordance with the law if there is clear evidence of wrongdoing.

He further explained the complex nature of the situation in rakhine State and the challenges faced by the government, pointing out the government’s continued efforts to address the issue by stressing the importance of building trust and confidence between the communities, addressing poverty and underdevelopment and finding a lasting solution. The National Security Advisor provided an update on the progress made in healthcare, education, infrastructure and electricity, and highlighted the measures taken by the government in response to recommendations in the interim report published by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

He emphasised that criminal acts to instill terror in the population cannot be condoned under any circumstances and that any attempt to sow the seeds of terror in one country can affect the peace and stability of the region and beyond.

He expressed appreciation to the donor countries and international organisations for their assistance and expressed the hope that international community would continue to provide understanding and constructive support for the government’s endeavor to build peace, justice and development for all the people living in Rakhine.