RE­PORT TO THE PEO­PLE

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– Aung San Suu Kyi ad­dresses Rakhine cri­sis, calls for refugee repa­tri­a­tion

In a "Re­port to the Peo­ple"on Oc­to­ber 12, Myan­mar State Coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi thanked the Myan­mar peo­ple for their sup­port and unity dur­ing the time of the Rakhine cri­sis and spoke of plans to repa­tri­ate the refugees who have fled to Bangladesh. The fol­low­ing is the full text of her mes­sage to the peo­ple of Myan­mar:

Re­port to the Peo­ple

By State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

May all the peo­ple be in good health and well-be­ing. May peace be in your hearts. First of all, let me tell you how grate­ful I am, for stand­ing to­gether with our gov­ern­ment, with full un­der­stand­ing and unity, at a time when we are fac­ing ex­treme chal­lenges. There is no power which can com­pare with the sup­port of the peo­ple, trust of the peo­ple and the unity of the peo­ple. I be­lieve that no mat­ter what­ever dif­fi­cul­ties we face, we can over­come, with the unity of our peo­ple. As all of you know, the at­ten­tion of the world on the Rakhine is­sue has been im­mense, be­gin­ning with the at­tacks on the po­lice out­posts in Rakhine State last Oc­to­ber, the ter­ror­ist at­tacks which hap­pened

again in Au­gust of this year and the re­lated prob­lems that grew out of th­ese at­tacks.

There has been a lot of crit­i­cisms against our coun­try. We need to un­der­stand in­ter­na­tional opin­ion. How­ever, just as no one can fully un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion of our coun­try the way we do, no one can de­sire peace and de­vel­op­ment for our coun­try more than us. That is why we need to tackle th­ese prob­lems based on the strength of our unity. At this time, our coun­try needs to con­tinue do­ing the things that needs to be done. Fur­ther­more, the things that need to be done, should be done cor­rectly, bravely and ef­fec­tively. We will im­ple­ment the com­mit­ments we made till progress and suc­cess is achieved. Rather than re­but­ting crit­i­cisms and al­le­ga­tions with words, we will show the world by our ac­tions and our deeds. In the Rakhine State, there are so many things to be done. If we are to take stock and pri­or­i­tize, there are three main tasks:

First, repa­tri­a­tion of those who have crossed over to Bangladesh and pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance ef­fec­tively;

Sec­ondly, re­set­tle­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion; and

Third, bring­ing de­vel­op­ment to the re­gion and es­tab­lish­ing durable peace.

We will en­hance our abil­ity to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance ef­fec­tively. We are ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh on the mat­ter of ac­cept­ing those who are now in Bangladesh. Since our in­de­pen­dence, we have twice, suc­cess­fully ne­go­ti­ated with Bangladesh on the is­sue. Based on th­ese suc­cess­ful tra­di­tions, we are now ne­go­ti­at­ing for the third time.

As we work on the re­set­tle­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts, we need to work not only for those who will be re­turn­ing from Bangladesh but also for the very small na­tional races such as Daing-net and Myo as well as Rakhine Na­tion­als and Hin­dus. We will work to en­sure that they will re­gain their nor­malcy. We will seek durable, sus­tain­able pro­grammes to im­prove their lives. We have to for­mu­late long term pro­grammes for the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion and con­tinue work­ing for durable peace to re­lieve this re­gion of con­flicts in the years to come. For each pro­gramme there are many tasks. Our en­trepreneur­s, NGOs, CSOs and the peo­ple, have stated their wish to par­tic­i­pate and help. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has also stated their wish to co­op­er­ate and as­sist. This is a mat­ter of na­tional im­por­tance. The Union Gov­ern­ment and state/re­gional gov­ern­ments will take the lead­ing role. We will give due re­gard and se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion to the sin­cere of­fers of co­op­er­a­tion made at home and from abroad.

For the de­vel­op­ment of Rakhine State, to im­ple­ment projects in all sec­tors, we need a mech­a­nism which al­lows the Union Gov­ern­ment, the peo­ple, the pri­vate sec­tor, lo­cal NGOs and CSOs, friendly coun­tries, UN agen­cies, INGOs to work to­gether in co­op­er­a­tion. We will call this mech­a­nism the "Union En­ter­prise for Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance, Re­set­tle­ment and De­vel­op­ment in Rakhine". This en­ter­prise has been es­tab­lished with the aim of al­low­ing the Union Gov­ern­ment and all lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions to work in all sec­tors and all strata of so­ci­ety. In this "Union En­ter­prise for Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance, Re­set­tle­ment and De­vel­op­ment in Rakhine", I will act as Chair­per­son, rep­re­sent­ing the Gov­ern­ment in my ca­pac­ity as State Coun­sel­lor. Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Min­is­ter for So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment will act as Vice Chair­man. He is the Chair­man of the Com­mit­tee as­signed to im­ple­ment the

In the Rakhine State, there are so many things to be done. If we are to take stock and pri­or­i­tize, there are three main tasks: First, repa­tri­a­tion of those who have crossed over to Bangladesh and pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance ef­fec­tively; Sec­ondly, re­set­tle­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion; and Third, bring­ing de­vel­op­ment to the re­gion and es­tab­lish­ing durable peace.

rec­om­men­da­tions of Dr. Kofi An­nan’s Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion on Rakhine State. We will im­ple­ment the short and long term tasks ef­fec­tively. We will use this Pro­gramme to show prac­ti­cal and pro­gres­sive re­sults as we work to­wards the emer­gence of a peace­ful and de­vel­oped Rakhine State. I wish to earnestly in­vite and wel­come, all the peo­ple of our coun­try, NGOs, CSOs and Busi­ness Lead­ers to join hands and co­op­er­ate with us. We will be­gin the Pro­gramme this com­ing week. As we im­ple­ment this Pro­gramme, I be­lieve that we will be able to utilise the strength of will, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and knowl­edge; bravely and en­er­get­i­cally. We will use the power of truth and pu­rity, so that this En­ter­prise will be wor­thy of be­ing called a ‘mile­stone’ in our his­tory.

To de­velop the Rakhine state, we have in­vited those who wish to as­sist us; UN agen­cies, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions like the World Bank and ADB, INGOs like the Nip­pon Foun­da­tion and friendly coun­tries. We place great hope on our Union na­tion­als liv­ing within the coun­try and abroad. No mat­ter where they may be in the world. I have no doubt that all of them would come forth to help us with Metta (lov­ing kind­ness) and Thitsa (Truth). Although our Union may not be strong, I am con­fi­dent that we will be suc­cess­ful by unit­ing our will. Our peo­ple are well known for their gen­eros­ity and phi­lan­thropy and have even been ranked as num­ber one in the world. We will put to good use this gen­er­ous na­ture of our peo­ple, sys­tem­at­i­cally. The most pow­er­ful force for mak­ing our Union peace­ful and de­vel­oped is our peo­ple. No mat­ter how much anger, ha­tred and bul­ly­ing, we may have to face, we shall over­come all chal­lenges and ob­sta­cles by hold­ing fast to Metta, Karuna and Mu­dita (Lov­ing kind­ness, Com­pas­sion and Sym­pa­thetic joy). Let us join hands and work to­gether for the suc­cess of the "Union En­ter­prise for Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance, Re­set­tle­ment and De­vel­op­ment in Rakhine" with the un­der­stand­ing that we are not work­ing for one re­gion only but for the en­tire Union.

Be­gin­ning from Sun­day, 15th Oc­to­ber, we will an­nounce through our web­site and State news me­dia how you can help and how to com­mu­ni­cate with us. We shall make ar­range­ments, so that all the sons and daugh­ters of our Union and our friends abroad who have good­will in their hearts may get in touch with the near­est diplo­matic mis­sions and Con­sulates-Gen­eral to help us in this en­deav­our. May I once again pray for the good health of all our peo­ple, the true strength of our coun­try, whom we trust and de­pend upon. May you all have peace and tran­quil­ity in your hearts. May all your right­eous good wishes be ful­filled.

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Myan­mar State Coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi said there had been a lot of crit­i­cism against the coun­try. "We need to un­der­stand in­ter­na­tional opin­ion.” Photo: Mizzima

We have to for­mu­late long term pro­grammes for the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion and con­tinue work­ing for durable peace to re­lieve this re­gion of con­flicts in the years to come, said Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: EPA

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