Kofi Annan arrives to issue final report on Rakhine

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Mr. Kofi Annan (left) is welcomed by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin (center) at the Yangon International Airport. Photo: MNA

Mr. Kofi Annan, the chair of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and the former UN Secretary General, arrived in Yangon yesterday in advance of the release of the commission’s final report.
Mr. Annan is scheduled to hold talks with members of the Central Committee for the Implementation of Peace, Stability and Development in Rakhine State chaired by  State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi today in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Ministry of Information.
The central committee includes 20 cabinet ministers.
According to the website of the advisory commission, Mr. Annan will answer questions from the media in the Sule Shangri-La hotel on Thursday morning. The commission’s final report will be published on the same day.
The report will include recommendations for the government on conflict prevention, humanitarian assistance, reconciliation between the region’s Buddhist and Muslim communities, institution building, and development in conflict-torn Rakhine State.
The advisory commission has already submitted a15-page interim report to the government with 30 recommendations that the Burmese government could undertake immediately including points related to citizenship, humanitarian aid, border issues, and bilateral relationships with Bangladesh.
The nine-member Advisory Commission is chaired by Mr Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, the chairman and founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation and a Nobel laureate. In addition to  Mr. Annan, the commission comprises three international and six national persons of eminence who are highly experienced, respected and neutral individuals, added the statement.—GNLM

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