ICC’s resolution is in no one’s interest

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US President Donald Trump accused the UN-backed International Criminal Court-ICC of lacking any legitimacy, saying it violated “all principles of justice.”
“The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy,” said Trump at the General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday.
He also called on the countries around the world to defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from new forms of coercion and domination.
About one week ago before Trump’s tough stance against the UN backed International Criminal Court, ICC released a one-sided report of its Fact-Finding Mission interfering in our internal affairs in relation to Rakhine State.
Not only is this report detrimental to social cohesion in Rakhine State, it also undermines the Government’s efforts to bring peace, national reconciliation and development in the entire nation.
There are many obvious reasons to question the impartiality and objectivity of the FFM’s report.
The UN Human Rights Council voted yesterday to set up a body to prepare evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar. But, the resolution they made was based on the report of a UN fact-finding mission-FFM that the Myanmar government had categorically rejected, and which was unbalanced, one-sided and encouraged disunity of the country.
The report is based on a one-sided perception of Myanmar history without consulting any of the many studies about the history of the conflict.
This is now a matter of our country’s sovereignty, which is every country’s right to be free from interference from foreign entities. It’s in the UN Charter, too. But due to various reasons such as terrorist groups killing civilians and destroying villages, the military had to intervene. Without security forces, everyone would be in trouble. Every country has the Right of Defence, and it will defend its people from terrorism.
No country can condone terrorism under any form and any circumstance. The provocative terrorist attacks of October 2016 and August 2017 have affected the course of our earnest endeavor to build a peaceful, fair and prosperous future for all people in Rakhine State.
The resolution is very likely to exacerbate the tensions. This is in no one’s interest.
This is a critical juncture for Myanmar in its journey towards a peaceful, prosperous democratic federal union.
We strongly object any attempt to create disunity in our country. We are determined to achieve our goal of creating a strong democratic federal union.

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