Oic Sec-Gen Disappointed With Myanmar's Leadership

Miranda GreerJan 20, 2017

The Meeting expressed grave concern at the recent eruption of violence in northern Rakhine that resulted in the loss of innocent lives and displaced tens of thousands of Rohingya people, and called upon the Government of Myanmar to take decisive steps to restore calm to the affected areas.

The Meeting called on the Government of Myanmar to ensure an inclusive and transparent policy towards ethnic and religious communities, by including the Rohingya Muslim Minority as an integral part of this process and considering them as an ethnic minority, as called for by relevant UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council resolutions.

"We now hope that the government of Myanmar will respond positively to the recommendation contained in paragraph 10 of the draft resolution of this OIC Extraordinary Session, which I hope will be adopted later today (Thursday), so that regional and global organizations can deliver the much needed humanitarian assistance to all the affected", Sartaj Aziz said.

"Many have suffered appalling deaths, and those that have lived through the atrocities have witnessed or endured unspeakable cruelty", Najib was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying during a special meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

In his speech to open the OIC meeting, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak warned that, if the conflict is not resolved, Southeast Asia will not only see an influx of refugees, but it also create a new front for terror groups such as Islamic State to exploit and infiltrate.

"The killing must stop". Najib said Malaysia will donate another 10 million ringgit (USD 2.25 million) for humanitarian aid and social projects in Rakhine, where most of the Rohingya have lived for generations.

Tensions between Muslim-majority Malaysia and Myanmar over the treatment of the Rohingya have risen in the last several weeks. "This should concern the worldwide community as a whole, as the threat of a new home for terrorist groups has the potential to cause death and destruction well beyond this region". "We have to retort to some accusations with truth", she said on January 3 in a rare comment on the Rakhine situation.

Myanmar's stateless Rohingya
Myanmar's stateless Rohingya

"But what is happening in Myanmar is an worldwide humanitarian issue that can not be ignored", he told the media after a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, on Wednesday.

"It is actually good for them", he said. He demanded Myanmar put an end to the denial of basic rights of Rohingyas and atrocities and violence inflicted on them.

The former foreign minister also expressed concern over the Myanmar government's refusal to allow the Food Flotilla Mission to enter the country to distribute humanitarian aid to the Rohingya.

The plight of the Rohingya has put Myanmar's democracy champion and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi under vast worldwide pressure.

Suu Kyi's government has rejected most worldwide claims of police and military brutality against the Rohingya.

Foreign ministers of OIC member states in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday.

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