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Jakarta Post

Maldives ceases trade with Myanmar concerning current Bengali issues in Rakhine

  • News Desk

    Eleven Media Group/ ANN

Naypyitaw   /   Tue, September 5, 2017   /   06:45 pm
Maldives ceases trade with Myanmar concerning current Bengali issues in Rakhine In crisis: This picture taken on Aug.25 shows ethnic Rakhine people fleeing from a conflict area at the Yathae Taung township in Rakhine State in Myanmar. The impoverished western state of Rakhine neighbouring Bangladesh has become a crucible of religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled and perceived as illegal immigrants in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. (STR/AFP/File)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives released a statement on Sept. 3 saying that all trade ties between Myanmar and Maldives has been cut out as long as Myanmar government takes actions for the deeds committed towards Bengalis.

Moreover, the Maldives government urged the general-secretary of the United Nations and UN’s Human Rights Council to investigate human rights abuse of Bengalis in Myanmar.

The statement also strongly condemned plight of Bengali community in Rakhine State in Myanmar and they worried about the current violence.

After releasing the statement, Myanmar’s Health Minister cancelled his annual meeting of World Health Organization to be held in Maldives.

On Sept. 1, Myanmar government designated Maungdaw district as an operation area. Although, Maungdaw Township is in stable condition, locals and villagers from neighbouring areas of Maungdaw Township are now fleeing to Buthedaung and Sittwe Townships.

Moreover, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a State Counsellor, and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services held separate meetings concerning Rakhine affairs with the Indonesia Foreign Minister in Nay Pyi Taw on Sept. 4. 

On the occasion, both sides discussed about development of Rakhine State, providing of humanitarian aids and health care services for the two communities in Rakhine State by the Indonesian government.  

The international community already worried about Rakhine affairs and Turkey and Iran are now calling for stopping of abuse upon the Bengalis. Protests were held in Russia, Indonesia and Malaysia concerning Bengalis in Myanmar.

Likewise, the UN and International community urged State Counselor Suu Kyi to settle the Rakhine affairs and to control the riots in northern Rakhine State.

This article appeared on the Eleven Media Group newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post