State Counsellor, UN envoy meet on Rakhine crisis
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.