Former UN chief visits Islamic schools, IDP camps in Sittwe

Mr Kofi Annan is seen   meeting local people in Sittwe. Photo: MNA

As Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Rakhine State, former United Nations head Kofi Annan visited Islamic schools and camps of internally displaced persons in Sittwe yesterday morning.
During his tours, the former UN secretary-general met leaders of the camps and the Muslim community in Islamic schools in the wards of Aungmingalar, Mingan and Thetmaypyin.
The panel led by Kofi Annan left Sittwe by air for Yangon in the afternoon.
More than 1,000 people in Sittwe protested on Tuesday against the advisory commission headed by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan. A proposal by a member of parliament to reform the Rakhine State Advisory Committee only with local experts, suggesting that the involvement of three foreigners in the commission could cause the internal issue to become an international issue, was rejected by vote 148 to 50 at the parliament on the same day while the commission was visiting Rakhine State on Tuesday. —Myanmar News Agency

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