The officials of Arakan National Party (ANP) presented two points including a false list of Bengalis arriving in Bangladesh compiled by the government of Bangladesh during their meeting with Christine Schrane Burgener, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Myanmar and party, said Tun Aung Kyaw, general secretary of the Arakan National Party (ANP), said.
Neither the Union Government nor the Rakhine State Government has so far discussed these two points of Bengali issue with the ANP. The ANP does not totally accept the wrong list of Bengalis complied by the government of Bangladesh, Tun Aung Kyaw said.
These remarks came from the meeting between the officials of the ANP and Christine Schrane Burgener-led UN delegation held in Sittwe Hotel on June 17.
“The Bangladeshi government announced that there are about one million Bengalis fleeing to their country. But, we, the ANP, do not totally accept the wrong list of Bengalis complied by the government of Bangladesh. This is because there are 17 townships in Rakhine State. The Rakhine people and Bengali are living together in 13 townships. There are just almost 1 million Bengalis in the whole Rakhine State, especially most Bengalis in Maungdaw and Buthidaung. There are about 700,000 Bengalis in these two townships. Only most Bengalis from Maungdaw and Buthidaung flee to Bangladesh, but those from other townships don’t. The figure the Bangladesh mentioned was quite many. We don’t totally accept this point,” Tun Aung Kyaw said.
Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, said that the number of Bengalis fleeing to Bangladesh from Myanmar has reached 1.3 million.
“Our ANP won most seats in Rakhine State and most of our MPs are present in the Rakhine State Parliament. We are sorry that neither the Union Government nor the Rakhine State Government has so far discussed these two points of Bengali issue with the ANP. Therefore, we present these two points to the UN delegation led by Christine Schrane Burgener,” Tun Aung Kyaw said.
Only Rakhine and its tribes lost life and their properties whenever violence occurred in Maungdaw and Buthidaung, Tun Aung Kyaw said.
Christine Schrane Burgener also met with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services on June 13.
Christine Schrane Burgener-led UN delegation arrived in Rakhine State on June 17, met with the Rakhine State Government and the ANP and visited some IDP camps in Myaybon and Sittwe.
On June 18, they met with the Bengalis illegally living in huts outside the boundary line of Taungpyo. They also met with the female Hindus returning from Bangladesh after being brought by ARSA, bereaved Myro ethnic family members and some members of Islam religion. In addition, they visited Pantawpyin known as Bengali village where there are no IDPs.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut