OIC en­voy meets el­ders in Sittway

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS - (Kay Zue)

A spe­cial en­voy of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion has meet el­ders from the Bud­dhist com­mu­nity dur­ing a visit to the Rakhine State cap­i­tal, Sittway.

The OIC’s spe­cial en­voy to Myan­mar, for­mer Malaysian gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Syed Hamid Al­bar, was told at the meet­ing with the el­ders the con­di­tions un­der which aid from the or­gan­i­sa­tion would be ac­cepted, Sittway elder U Than Htun told Mizzima on Septem­ber 3.

The aid would be ac­cepted if the OIC promised to help only Mus­lims el­i­gi­ble to be­come cit­i­zens un­der the 1982 Cit­i­zen­ship Act and Rakhine Bud­dhists, U Than Htun said.

He said Mr Syed Hamid Al­bar had lis­tened closely dur­ing the meet­ing with the el­ders but had not made any com­ment.

Mr Syed Hamid Al­bar, who was due to leave Sittway on Septem­ber 4, also vis­ited camps for Bud­dhists and Mus­lims dis­placed by com­mu­nal un­rest.

In Oc­to­ber 2012, the gov­ern­ment with­drew an agree­ment for the OIC to open a li­ai­son of­fice in Myan­mar after protests against the decision in Sittway, Yan­gon and Man­dalay.

Camps for the in­ter­nally dis­placed in Sittway and other ci­ties and towns in Rakhine have been shel­ter­ing more than 170,000 peo­ple – about 140,000 Mus­lims and about 30,000 eth­nic Rakhine – since two out­breaks of com­mu­nal vi­o­lence in 2012.

The OIC’s spe­cial en­voy to Myan­mar, Syed Hamid Al­bar (right), at the Thet Kay Pyin IDP camp in the Rakhine State cap­i­tal, Sittway, on Septem­ber 3. Photo: EPA

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