Rakhine org mounts call for resource control
A RAKHINE State environmental alliance has gathered 300,000 signatures calling for full state control of local property and resources.
The Arakan Natural Resources and Environmental Network (ANREN) began collecting signatures in May and concluded in August, organisation representatives said at press conference on September 12.
“We can say that Myanmar’s civil war is a resource war,” U Hla Saw, an Arakan National Party lawmaker in the Pyithu Hluttaw, said at the press conference.
Success depends on how openminded the Tatmadaw and Union government is, he said. If they are not open-minded, civil war will continue, he added, stressing the need for negotiations to continue. Finding a system that works for the entire country is part of the peace process, he said. The petition is not aimed at dividing, he added, but at avoiding lost opportunity.
The people of Rakhine State should have an opportunity to own their own resources and make choices about the future of those resources, said U Htun Kyi, a member of ANREN’s executive committee.
A follow-up campaign, in which activists plan to walk from Sittwe to Kyaukphyu townships, will take place in November, said ANREN executive committee member U Zayya Kyaw.