State Counsellor responds to violent armed attacks in Rakhine State

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi talks to media at a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi talks to media at a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said no accusations will be made at the present time about the recent armed attacks in Rakhine State because the government has not yet ascertained the cause. If there is ever receipt of relevant evidence, at that point the government will take it to trial, she said.
While responding to questions made by reporters at the joint press conference with the Netherlands Foreign Minister Mr Bert Koenders in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also sent a message to all countries across the world that the country is doing its best to deal with the cause and resolution of the violent attacks in western Myanmar by all legal means.
“The government is dealing with the current issue in Rakhine State exercising the rule of law so that the government can reach the best and most just settlement, said the State Counsellor.
She also said the Myanmar government is dealing with human rights issues, in particular investigating complaints over rights violations. Every country is being faced with human rights issues, she said.
The State Counsellor called on every individual to understand the meaning of human rights.
“In dealing with human rights issues, the government alone cannot solve this issue” she said. “It also requires the cooperation of the people”.
The government is performing its duties for peace and stability of the country to the best of its ability, she added.
The Netherlands Foreign Minister replied that the official visit to the western part of Myanmar is of benefit to all civil society organisations. He added that the Union Government was solving the complicated issues as best as it can.
He also stressed the need to take adjustable and systematic approaches to solving ethnic issues and complicated disputes.
During its visit to northern Rakhine State on Tuesday, the Netherlands delegation could hold constructive discussions with locals, CSOs and responsible officials, he said.
“It is of great importance for humanitarian aid to reach people in trouble, especially we want to express our thanks to the Myanmar government for letting us open the embassy of the Netherlands”, Mr Koenders said.
Mr Koenders and his delegation from the Netherlands are in Myanmar to officially open the new Dutch embassy in Yangon. The Netherlands is not only interested in promoting trade with Myanmar, but also in investing in democratisation and improving the country’s human rights situation.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said they discussed promoting bilateral cooperation, noting the friendly relations Myanmar has had with the Netherlands since 1948 when Myanmar gained its independence.
Mr Koenders said the first part of their discussion included how to promotes relations between the two countries and develop capacity building in implementing water resources management and related projects, he added. The two countries will also enhance existing cooperation in the agriculture and animal husbandry sectors, he said.
After visiting Myanmar, the minister will travel to Thailand, where he will take part in a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with the European Union.—Myanmar News Agency

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