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Indonesia urged to set deadline for resolving Rohingya crisis

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 27 2019   /  01:25 am

Indonesia should consider giving Myanmar a deadline for its efforts to mitigate the violence in Rakhine state and ensure the safe return of Rohingya people who have fled the country — or else consider other options, an Indonesian lawmaker has argued.Myanmar’s short-term goal should be to ensure a cessation of violence as soon as possible, said Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) legislator Sukamta, a member of the House of Representatives commission on foreign affairs and defense.“There has to be a deadline for this effort, and if the Myanmar government cannot meet it, [Indonesia] should consider tougher diplomatic options,” the politician said during a discussion in Jakarta on Thursday.He argued that, without a deadline, Myanmar would keep trying to buy time while the massive humanitarian crisis continued to unravel.Since a Myanmar military crackdown in 2017, more than 730,000 Rohing...