Rakhine peace committee meets political parties, associations, experts

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Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy U Aye Tha Aung meets political parties and communities from Rakhine, and experts at the Yangon Region Government Office yesterday. Photo: MNA

The Committee for Supporting Peace and Stability in Rakhine State held its second round of separate meetings with political parties and communities from Rakhine, and experts at the Yangon Region Government Office yesterday.
The committee met with representatives of the Arakan League for Democracy and the Arakan National Party (Yangon) at 9 a.m., representatives of the Rakhine Thahaya Association and the Arakan National League at 11 a.m., and experts on Rakhine State at 1 p.m. to discuss measures for dealing with conflicts and displaced people in Rakhine, along with short-term and long-term plans for peace, stability, and development in the state.
At the meetings, the chairman of the committee, U Aye Tha Aung, said the committee arranged to meet political parties, Rakhine communities, and experts separately to allow more free and open discussions. He said the suggestions and views shared in the previous meeting were submitted to the President in an interim report.
During its upcoming trip to Rakhine, the commission will gather suggestions on easing the conflicts in the state and submit them to the President, said U Aye Tha Aung. The commission chairman requested the attendees at the meetings to openly discuss and suggest ways for resolving the conflicts in the state. At the meetings, invited guests, Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun and Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement U Soe Aung discussed the measures being taken in the state and future plans.
Afterwards, the members of the commission, Deputy Minister for the Office of the Union Government U Tin Myint, Deputy Attorney-General U Win Myint, Deputy Chief of the Myanmar Police Force Police Maj-Gen Aung Naing Thu, Yangon Region Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs U Zaw Aye Maung, Rakhine State Hluttaw Representative U Maung Maung Ohn, and retired deputy minister U Nyi Hla Nge discussed the short-term and long-term plans for peace and development in Rakhine State. In his concluding remarks, U Aye Tha Aung said the commission will review the suggestions at the meetings, adding that it is the duty of the commission to submit a report to the Union Government on short-term and long-term plans, based on the suggestions.
He warned of food insufficiency being likely in the coming year as people have been displaced and forced to abandon farmland, and are sheltering at monasteries, pagodas, and religious buildings. He said the commission has also considered providing humanitarian aid to the displaced people. During the trip to Rakhine, the commission will distribute humanitarian aid to the displaced people of Minbya, Kyauktaw, Punnagyn, and Yathedaung, said U Aye Tha Aung. The commission plans to meet with political parties in Rakhine State during its trip on 10 May.—MNA (Translated by GNLM)

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