Military chief meets Rakhine nationalists

Kyaw Zin Win
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Arakan National Party leaders (Photo-Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services)


Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has met Dr Aye Maung, chairman of the Arakan National Party (ANP), and other party chiefs at his Bayintnaung villa. 

They discussed further cooperation in ensuring peace and stability in Rakhine State and development, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief.

The ANP offered to meet the military chief to discuss Rakhine State's security challenges, the relocation of ethnic Rakhine villages, demands to form militias, increased security for villages, job creation and transport, said MP Pe Than from the ANP.

“The army can build roads for its forces using its budget. It can build a fence in the border area. The military chief can implement projects. The army can provide development and security in the area. If it cannot do it, it can talk to other ministries. We mainly discussed security,” he said.

The military chief told them not to worry about security and border fencing as they were both already being implemented. The army would help development in the area and tighten village security, he promised. 

ANP central executive committee members Ba Shein, Oo Hla Saw, Pe Than, Aung Kyaw Zan, Wai Sein Aung and Khin Maung Latt also attended the meeting.