Active cooperation under the BIMSTEC framework is a must to fight terrorism and trans-national crime

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Myanmar took responsibility as a lead country of BIMSTEC Sub-group on Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals and hosted several meetings under the BIMSTEC counter-terrorism and transnational crime framework.
Myanmar has been encountering the scourge of terrorism.
The danger of terrorist activities, which was the initial cause of events leading to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine, remains real and present today.
Terrorism continues to be one of the most serious threats to peace and security in the world today
Terrorism should not be condoned in any form for any reason.
We condemn all human rights violations and violence.
Myanmar is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. It is home to 135 officially recognized ethnic groups, each with its own distinctive culture and adherence to a variety of religious beliefs, including Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. These religious groups have been living in harmony throughout our history.
The situation that we face today is due to terrorism and is not based on religion.
Therefore, Myanmar attaches great importance to the issues of terrorism and trans-national crime, and assures its continued active cooperation under the BIMSTEC framework.
On 5th July 2016, Myanmar deposited its Instrument of Ratification of the BIMSTEC Convention on Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking, which was signed in 2009.
BIMSTEC National Security Chiefs Meeting is one of the key components of the BIMSTEC’s security cooperation, which provides platforms for strategic dialogue and practical cooperation for the BIMSTEC counter terrorism sector.
All regional countries are urged to work in unison and solidarity to strengthen the group and to shape a more equitable and better world in order to realize lasting peace, social justice and to achieve sustainable development.
It is important to focus on resolving the situation, not inflaming the situation and on helping Myanmar in bringing the communities together instead of driving them further apart.
Injustice, unfairness and inequalities of the current world order, the monopolization of the news media by the rich and powerful and unbalanced reporting and spread of fake news could negatively influence policy decisions to the peril of less developed or weaker countries whose views and narratives are faced with suppression.
Hence, we, members of the BIMSTEC group must undertake concerted multilateral efforts to respond effectively against the emerging transnational and multifaceted nature of terrorism.

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