Rakhine stabilised: security chief

National security adviser Thaung Tun says the clearance operations undertaken by the military in northern Rakhine State have ceased and the situation has “stabilised”, according to the Office of the State Counsellor.

 

“We will never give any reasons for human rights abuses, crime and using too much force. We have shown that the government is ready to take action against these where there is clear evidence of such abuse. The situation there is now stabilised and the curfew has been eased. And there remains only a police presence to maintain the peace,” he said.

 

Thaung Tun added that the government focused on practical solutions and humanitarian aid was ready to be handed out.

He met foreign diplomats at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon.

 

The investigation commission led by the military-appointed Vice President Myint Swe visited Rakhine State for a second time on January 6 to investigate international allegations of ethnic cleansing. The commission went to Maungdaw and Kyatyopyin village.

 

They reportedly met Muslim representatives, NGOs and aid groups at the office of Maungdaw district administrator. They also met Buddhist monks, parliamentarians and civil servants.