State Coun­sel­lor, UN en­voy meet on Rakhine cri­sis

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - LUN MIN MANG lun­min­mang@mm­times.com

STATE Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Chris­tine Schraner Bur­gener, the UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral’s spe­cial en­voy to Myan­mar, on Wed­nes­day dis­cussed closer co­op­er­a­tion in ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges the coun­try faces, es­pe­cially the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in north­ern Rakhine State.

This is the first trip by the spe­cial en­voy since her ap­point­ment in April. The visit came af­ter the United Na­tions Development Pro­gramme and the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with the gov­ern­ment last week to co­op­er­ate in the repa­tri­a­tion of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Mus­lims who fled vi­o­lence in north­ern Rakhine to Bangladesh.

Dur­ing her visit, Ms Bur­gener will meet with se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, lead­ers of armed eth­nic groups, civil so­ci­ety groups, re­li­gious lead­ers, and diplo­mats to dis­cuss is­sues such as the Rakhine cri­sis, the peace process, the democrati­sa­tion process, and hu­man rights is­sues.

A For­eign Min­istry state­ment said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Ms Bur­gener ex­changed views on co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Myan­mar and the of­fice of the spe­cial en­voy.

Ms Bur­gener said her mis­sion was to li­aise be­tween Myan­mar and the UN in a con­struc­tive man­ner to ad­dress the Rakhine is­sue and to pro­vide as­sis­tance in bring­ing the two com­mu­ni­ties close and in the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s peace ini­tia­tive.

The State Coun­sel­lor urged the spe­cial en­voy to try to ob­jec­tively un­der­stand “the sit­u­a­tion’s com­plex­ity” and con­vey “the real sit­u­a­tion” to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

She hoped the spe­cial en­voy would be able to act as a bridge in strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Myan­mar and UN.

From Myan­mar, Ms Bur­gener will pro­ceed to other coun­tries in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Bangladesh.

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