State Counselor gives televised speech

Min Thein Naing, Sithu
The State Counselor giving her speech on October 12.


State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi gave a speech to the nation which was broadcast live by local TV statio MRTV on the evening of October 12.

The speech, meant mainly as an update regarding the much conflicted Rakhine State, started off with her offer of thanks to the public for the support and solidarity during these troubled times.

She then explained what had transpired so far; the attacks by extremist terrorists, the massive exodus of Bengalis as well as displacement of Rakhine’s ethnic people and every other event that had led up to this point.

The Nobel Laureate claimed that we must persevere and continue on with what Myanmar must do.

Suu Kyi said, “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:

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

(b) Secondly, resettlement and rehabilitation; and

(c) Third, bringing development to the region and establishing durable peace.”

To achieve those above given goals, the State Counselor promised “due regard and serious consideration” to groups both local and foreign that wants to help out.

“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 Counselor.  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 recommendations of Dr. Kofi Annan’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. We will implement the short and long term tasks effectively,” said Suu Kyi.

She claimed that on October 15, official announcements will be made via the internet as well as the State news media on ways and means to communicate with the government for those that are genuine in their goodwill to assist Myanmar in solving the Rakhine issue.

“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,” said Aung San Suu Kyi.

The full speech can be found here at the government web portal for the State Counselor: