- The 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) continued its fourth day meeting on 28 September 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. Myanmar delegation leader U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, delivered a general debate statement.
First, the Union Minister suggested that the United Nations should take constructive and peaceful approaches to create a better organization which is relevant to all nations. He then said, “We must not forget the core principles of the UN Charter, including the principle of sovereign equality. It is only through constructive and peaceful approaches that we will be able to create a better United Nations.”
In fact, the Union Minister reminded us of the need to strengthen the role of this important organization to overcome the complex challenges we face today, while prioritizing the principles of equality and correct, fair and peaceful approach in solving the issues in connection with human rights.
The ARSA attacks of 2017 were not only against the security forces but also against diverse communities inhabiting Rakhine State. The attacks opened a chapter of fear and instability that led to a large outflow of refugees to Bangladesh. The attempts to mete out punishments in connection with the said displacement, without seeing the problem from both angles, is against UN principles.
International attention has been focused on the outflow of those people while overlooking the broader picture of the various reasons, immediate as well as longstanding, that brought about the displacement. Nevertheless, the Government of Myanmar has persisted in its sincere efforts to address as a whole, the need for stability, reconciliation, and development to all communities in Rakhine State.
We recognize the crucial role of the United Nations in addressing the issue of Rakhine State and the present humanitarian crisis in particular. Accordingly, the Government of Myanmar signed an MoU with the UNDP and the UNHCR and is cooperating with the two UN bodies. At a time when we are working hard to build harmony on the ground, we are concerned that the release of a report, based on narratives and not on hard evidence, would only serve to inflame tensions further and potentially hinder our efforts to create the much-needed social cohesion in Rakhine State.
Anyhow, we the people of Myanmar are determined to solve the domestic problem with our own strength through peaceful approaches as our spirit remains ever strong. What’s more, we all are standing in unity, ready to face all kinds of challenges in bringing peace, progress and national harmony in Rakhine State as well as in the whole of Myanmar..