After the elections, we have a lot of work ahead of us. The post-election period has brought calls for us to work together to contain, prevent and treat the coronavirus infection, as well as to address other challenges, such as economic recovery during the post-COVID-19 period, holding elections in areas where the 2020 general elections was cancelled due to security concerns, building a federal democratic union, ending of armed conflicts, repatriation returnees in Rakhine State.
The Union Government must double down on these issues with the participation of the people during its second term.
We are confident that the Union Government will spare no efforts to bring peace, stability and development for all communities in Rakhine especially under these very difficult circumstances like COVID-19.
The Union Government has assured that resolving the issue of displaced persons will remain one of the top priorities of the Government during its second term.
However, the boat people issue needs to be looked at in a broader regional context in addressing the root causes of the issue, including economic insecurity and the criminal activities of traffickers and terrorists.
In respond to the comment with regard to the boat people, we shared concerns over the plight of those who are victims of human trafficking . However, the boat people issue needs to be looked at in a broader regional context in addressing the root causes of the issue, including economic insecurity and the criminal activities of traffickers and terrorists.
Despite all the challenges, Myanmar remains committed to receiving verified displaced persons in line with our bilateral agreement with our neighbor, with a confident that the bilateral agreement is the only feasible way in the situation in Rakhine State.
We fully share the concerns of the international community over the violence affecting communities in Rakhine State. The issue in Rakhine is one of the complex challenges faced by Myanmar on its path towards democracy.
In fact, the government’s efforts to bring peace and stability predate the violent attacks by the ARSA terrorist group in 2016 and 2017 that triggered the current humanitarian crisis. Since assuming office in 2016, the elected civilian government has placed the highest priority on addressing the situation in Rakhine State.
We have a plenty of challenges ahead. Despite all the challenges facing Myanmar, we are committed to making progress with regard to justice and human rights not only in Rakhine but also everywhere in our country.