Int’l community urged to take more positive approach to help resolve rights issues

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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin attended the High-level Segment of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council, held in Geneva from 27 February to 1 March 2017, and delivered a statement on 28 February 2017. In his statement, U Kyaw Tin underscored that the Human Rights Council should be promoting and protecting of the rights of all peoples in a manner of impartiality and the interest of all states. Any deviation from such inclusive, equal, and non-discriminatory approach will affect the confidence in the work of the Council by the member states of the United Nations. He also apprised the Council on matters pertaining to the Government’s new approach of engagement and cooperation on the promotion of protection of human rights, the Government’s priorities, peace process, the Government’s effort for finding sustainable solution of the issue of Rakhine State including establishment of domestic mechanisms. He also pointed out that at a time when the Government’s such efforts were gaining momentum, the coordinated armed attacks against three police outpost took place in northern Rakhine State on 9 October 2016. He briefed the Council of such attacks, conduct of area clearance operation to arrest the perpetrators and to retreat arms and ammunition taken away by the armed attackers and ongoing investigation through a national investigation commission on allegations of human rights abuses. The Minister of State also stressed that any action by the HRC must be a cure and part of the solution, not part of the problem; the Council’s focus must be on resolving, not inflaming, the very evident tensions in the Rakhine State and on helping us bring the communities together instead of driving them further apart. He also asked the international community to take a more positive approach to help resolve the issues, rather than focusing on condemnation, punishment and resentment.
On the sidelines of the High-level Segment, the Minister of State met with Mr. Alok Shama, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, Special Representative on Human Rights of the European Union, Mr. Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour of the United States Department of State, and Ms. Marit Berger Rosland, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway separately. During the meetings, they exchanged views on matters relating to the national reconciliation and peace process in Myanmar, development in Rakhine State and sustainable solution of the issue in Rakhine State, promotion and protection of human rights, understanding and cooperation extended to Myanmar while discussing the human rights situation in Myanmar in the Human Rights Council.
The Minister of State attended the working lunch hosted by the Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York, on 27 February 2017 in Geneva. During the working lunch, the Minister of State briefed them on the Myanmar Government’s utmost efforts for peace and reconciliation and for development of the Rakhine State and sustainable resolution of the issue. U Htin Lynn, Permanent Representative/Ambassador of Myanmar to the United Nations in Geneva also accompanied the Minster of State for Foreign Affairs at the abovementioned meetings.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs attended the dinner hosted by Permanent Representative/ Ambassador U Htin Lynn on 1 March 2017 at Kempinski Hotel in Geneva, in honour of former UN Secretary-General Dr. Kofi Annan and members of the Advisory Commission on the Rakhine State.

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