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Peace mission bears fruit

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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)
Tama Salim
Jakarta   ●   Tue, September 5, 2017

Indonesia’s diplomatic salvo in Myanmar has opened up opportunities for ASEAN to take part in the distribution of humanitarian aid to victims of violence and displacement in the troubled Rakhine State.

The granting of access to aid was confirmed during Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi’s meeting Monday with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw, the Foreign Ministry said.

Retno’s meeting with Myanmar’s de facto leader was followed by a technical meeting to flesh out the aid details with Minister of the State Counsellor’s Office U Kyaw Tint Swe, National Security Advisor U Thaung Tun and State Minister for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Thin.

During the meeting with Suu Kyi, Retno voiced Indonesia’s concer...

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