Issue of the day: Myanmar trying to reconcile groups: SBY
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Aug. 05, p. 2
In an apparent gesture of support for Myanmar, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Saturday that the Southeast Asian state had done its best to handle long-standing tensions between ethnic Rakhines and Rohingya.
The ethnic conflict between the two groups has turned deadly in recent weeks.
“The Myanmarese government has been on the track of democratization, which includes reconciling conflicting communities. Myanmar has also formed an investigation committee after communal conflict peaked in May and June,” the President said in a press conference at his residence in Cikeas, West Java.
Investigations by social media watchdogs, and the respected Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune, have proven that most of these claims are exaggerated or entirely false.
Aung Naing Soe
I am a Buddhist from Myanmar. I don’t have to take a side, and I speak the truth.
First, Myanmar has done nothing to solve ethnic tensions in different parts of Myanmar, let alone Rakhine-Rohingya problems.
Secondly, the violence in Arakan is more religious than communal. To understand this, please read the writings in the Burmese-language media of Myanmar and read the posts of some Buddhist extremists regarding the issue.
Thirdly, Mr. President, please try to improve your historical and geographical knowledge. Pakistan, India, Bangladesh came into existence at a later time.
In the past, these three countries were one. No Bangladesh, no India, no Pakistan. Chittagong region was under Arakan rulers. And the earliest settlers of Arakan were Indo-Aryans (i.e. Indians).
Ne Myo Win
Thank you Mr. President. I’m from Yangon. I appreciate a gentleman like you speaking and standing up for the right solution.
It is good that the Indonesian people are protesting the mass killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
The former vice president of Indonesia who is now head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is also persuading the Myanmarese government to allow humanitarian aid for the displaced Rohingya Muslims in Arakan (Rakhine) State in Myanmar. We are very grateful for that.
Recently the President of Indonesia issued a statement regarding the Rohingya people of Myanmar. We think that he might have been misinformed by the Myanmarese government that Rohingya Muslims originate from Bangladesh.
As the Myanmar government is labeling us illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, the Indonesian President’s words sounded the same as those of the Myanmar regime.
We, the Rohingya originated from Myanmar. We are an indigenous people of Arakan State. We have lived in Arakan State since the 8th century. The statement of the Indonesian President should be revised. Please help us to communicate directly with the assistant of the President in order to get our message directly to him.
Nay San Lwin