Chittagong, Bangladesh: Burmese President Thein Sein vowed UN leaders, would tackle ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan State which has raised widespread international concern, the UN website stated yesterday.
Thein Sein made the vow in a meeting with UN leader Ban Ki-moon at the end of the UN General Assembly summit, where Muslim leaders have led calls for action to help tens of thousands of Islamic followers displaced by the unrest.
Ban Ki-moon and Thein Sein discussed the fighting in Arakan “and the immediate and long-term perspectives to promote inter-communal harmony and address the root causes of the tension there,” said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky.
“The president confirmed the country would address the long-term ramifications of this question,” he said.
President Thein Sein said in June the government was only responsible for third generation Rohingyas whose families had arrived before independence in 1948 and that it was impossible to accept those who had ”illegally entered” Myanmar.
But, the Immigration minister U Khin Ye told reporters after third round peace talk meeting with KNU and Thein Sein government, there are no illegal entering in Arakan State after investigation and the person who born in Burma will hold citizen ( red) card as by born citizen and a persons who live in Burma since long times, we will give their third generation as citizen.
U Aung Min said that government had set up an independent commission on inquiry to investigate the violence between Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslims last week.
The Burmese leader vowed before the UN General Assembly that he would seek to tackle the problems in Arakan (Rakhine) state.
Meanwhile, the UN secretary-general yesterday urged the world’s largest Islamic body to “treat carefully” the issue of the stateless Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar because it could affect the reform process underway in the country,
Rights groups accused Burmese security forces of killing, raping and arresting Rohingyas after the riots.
An OIC committee set up to deal with the Rohingya issue met for the first time in New York this week and called for them to be given rights as citizens in Burma.
Burmese president is in a tight spot. Concessions towards the Rohingyas could prove unpopular among the general public, but perceived ill-treatment risks angering Western countries that have eased sanctions in response to human rights reforms.