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Jakarta Post

Indonesia urges Myanmar to ensure security in Rakhine

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Bangkok   /   Mon, June 24, 2019   /  01:02 pm
Indonesia urges Myanmar to ensure security in Rakhine Amir Ali, a Rohingya violinist who was a member of a wedding band of the northern Rakhine state of Myanmar, attends a weekly prayer event to play the violin at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. (Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain)

Myanmar’s government should show its commitment to the security of conflict-torn western Myanmar to ensure that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims would return voluntarily, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok. In the ASEAN retreat meeting with all 10 leaders, Jokowi said the security of Rakhine state was key to a successful repatriation. “We are all concerned about the security situation in Rakhine state, which has not shown improvement,” Jokowi said as quoted from a statement from his office on Sunday. The region has attracted international attention since 2017 when Myanmar’s military cracked down on the minority Muslim Rohingya, driving about 730,000 of them to cross into Bangladesh. Meanwhile, since earlier this year, civilians have been caught up in clashes between the military and the Arakan A...