Chairman of International Committee of Red Cross Peter Maurer met delegates of social and civic organizations from Sittwe on June 28.
“At the meeting, Mr. Peter Maurer explained his visit to Rakhine State. He said that he wants to listen to the voices of CSOs. He talked about humanitarian assistances. From our side, we brought up transparency and equality. There are cases of misunderstanding in regards to ICRC in the past such as motor boat problem in Settyoe. Another thing is that they said about 700,000 people live in Bangladesh. We can divide these people into 3 categories. One is those we can accept, another category is the smugglers and the rest is squatters from Bangladesh that came to live in the refugee camps. If we have to accept all these kinds of people, Myanmar will end up as a “Zayat” (a public resting area) where everyone can stay. Do international societies think of Myanmar that way? As we speak, illegal migrant families in America are being dealt with. Therefore, we suggested that practicing international standards is the best,” said Than Tun, who participated in the discussion.
Present on the occasion were Than Tun, Thar Pwint, Soe Naing, and Khine kaung San from Sittwe.
On June 27, Chairman of ICRC Mr. Peter Maurer visited Ngakhuya village in northern Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State.