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Options sought for Rakhine problem

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 18 2017   /  12:03 am

As ASEAN member countries have their hands tied with the nonintervention principle preventing them from directly dealing with the Rohingya crisis, another regional grouping is offering a fresh approach on how to deal with the matter.

The Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM), an expert group recognized by the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crimes, told senior officials from Indonesia and Australia that they should trigger a consultation mechanism that allowed for fast communication and coordination in emergency situations.

“Activating the consultation mechanism could achieve several objectives,” said Steve Wong of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia, one of four convening organizations of the ADFM.

It would ensure there was an honest broker with authority and legitimacy to share inf...