State Counsellor Office
State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received Christine Schraner Burgener, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General to Myanmar yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw to hear the envoy’s feedback at the conclusion of her first visit.
During the meeting, the Special Envoy shared her experiences and general views after discussions with government ministries and civil society organisations as well as affected communities in Rakhine State. The Special Envoy expressed her recognition of the Myanmar Government’s efforts on Rakhine State, including preparations for repatriation and resettlement process, and the complex and sensitive situation of Rakhine State.
She also underlined the necessity to create conducive environment for returnees due to deep rooted division of the two communities, importance of freedom of movement and security, and urgency to implement the MoU signed with UNDP and UNHCR.
The State Counsellor explained that the confidence building between the communities requires patience and time, and the United Nations needs to support in those efforts. She stated that the mistrust between the two communities exists for decades. The incidents in 2012 deteriorated and the terrorist attacks by ARSA in 2016 and 2017 further worsen the situation.
She pointed out that the people dare not to commute in Rakhine State due to the lack of security, not because of the lack of freedom of movement, and the Government, therefore, has been focusing on rule of law and development in Rakhine State. The State Counsellor also pointed out that the hate narratives from outside the country has driven the two communities further apart and stressed the need to focus on how to resolve the issue with forward looking approach.
Edited by Win Htut