We can overcome challenges with strength of our unity

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  • By Aye Min Soe
  • While the international community and biased media are using the terms “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” recklessly and irresponsibly regarding the issue in northern Rakhine State without first undertaking a proper and thorough legal analysis and making a judicial determination, Myanmar has announced the launching of a sustainable solution that would lead to peace, stability, development and the return of displaced communities to their homes.
    Undeniably, Myanmar is facing a challenging situation caused by terrorist attacks launched by ARSA in Rakhine State and has had to deal with the consequences of actions by other actors.
    Myanmar is a country where people with different faiths and belief systems are living in harmony. But situations have changed a lot after the deadly attacks by ARSA extremist terrorists in the northern region of Rakhine State.
    To address the situation, the international community must refrain from taking measures that exacerbate, rather than alleviate, the situation.
    “We need to understand international opinion. However, just as no one can fully understand the situation of our country the way we do, no one can desire peace and development for our country more than us,” said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her televised speech to the people on Thursday.
    Rather than rebutting criticism and allegations with words, we will show the world by our actions and our deeds, she said, prioritizing three main tasks for putting the country’s conflict ridden region back on the road to normalcy.
    “The Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine” has been established, allowing the Union Government and all local and international organizations to work in all sectors of the economy and all strata of society.
    The Government and the people are ready and willing to cooperate with any kind of organization that wishes to work for resettlement and rehabilitation of people of all faiths in Rakhine State. We will work not only for repatriation of refugees who fled to Bangladesh, but also for the very small groups of ethnic people such as Daing-net, Mro and Hindus. The majority of those affected by the attacks were ethnic nationals, who were the minority (in the region).
    Myanmar is currently at a turning point in its history. With the power of our nationals within and without, we can make this enterprise a milestone in our history. Now is the time to systematically use the generous nature of our people in terms of helping the enterprise with truth and purity.
    Joining hands, we will tackle all the challenges we are facing using the strength of our unity.
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