None of us can tackle threats of terrorism alone

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  • The terrorist attacks on security forces and people in Rakhine State happened in 2016 and 2017 while the government was making efforts to bring peace and development to the state.
    Myanmar is faced with terrorism which is a dangerous trend also for the region.
    The communal violence in 2012 and the terrorist attacks by the ARSA in 2016 and 2017 also intensified the mistrust which has existed between the two different communities for decades.
    The danger of terrorist activities, which was the initial cause of events leading to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine, remains real threat.
    Unless this security challenge is addressed, the risk of inter-communal violence will remain.
    It is a threat that could have grave consequences not just for Myanmar but also for other countries in our region and beyond. Terrorism should not be condoned in any form for any reason.
    We have strengthened our border guard police capacity to ensure the safety of the returnees as well as all other communities – Rakhine, Muslim, Daingnet, Mro, Thet, Maramagyi and Hindu. They all are victims of violence and terrorism. Security needs to be ensured for all.
    To resolve our challenges, we are ready to continue to work with the international community. Nowhere is far away from anywhere when it comes to terrorism, and none of us can tackle this threat alone.
    We hope that the international community, on their part, will pursue a more objective and balanced approach to help overcome the challenges Myanmar is facing including the terrorism threat.
    They must support the government’s efforts to build trust between the two different communities in Rakhine because we believe that lack of mutual understanding between the two communities will lead to mutual suspicion and hostility.
    The outside world should stop their hate narratives which have driven wedges between the two communities. Taking non-constructive measures would be counterproductive, as it will further polarize the communities and undermine the efforts for the long-term objective of reconciliation.
    We thank all our friends near and far who are helping us in different ways to resolve the challenges in Rakhine and thus helping our nascent democratic transition to succeed.
    We who are living through the transition in Myanmar view it differently from those who observe it from the outside and who will remain untouched by its outcome.
    We believe that the better choice before us is to recognize the reality of the situation on the ground and accommodate each other’s concerns. We must work together to build trust and confidence in order to achieve lasting peace, stability and development in Rakhine as well as to counter the threat of terrorism in our region.
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