Dr. Aye Maung said,"Our stand is that we won’t give even an inch of our land to those illegal Bangali Terrorist Immigrants. We won’t give up our land, our breeze, our water which are handed to us by our ancestors."

Thursday, 21 June 2012

US embassy meets Islamic, Rakhine leaders

Myanmar Times

By Zaw Win Than
Volume 32, No. 631
June 18 - 24, 2012

Burned and destroyed homes in Nar Zi village near Sittwe on June 14.
Pic: Boothee
THE United States embassy in Yangon last week held separate meetings with representatives of Muslim organisations and a leading Rakhine political party to urge all sides to refrain from violence.

US chargé d’affaires Mr Michael Thurston reiterated that the US was deeply concerned about the recent unrest in Rakhine State in the June 14 meetings.

“The most important thing now is that all sides remain calm. Further dialogue is needed. And dialogue can only occur when there is calm,” Mr Thurston said in a statement released the same day.

Mr Thurston noted that many communities in Rakhine State were suffering and recommended that any public demonstrations on the issue be conducted peacefully. The US has offered assistance to the authorities in Nay Pyi Taw as they work to assist those who have been affected by the violence, he said.

He also said the embassy had encouraged the Myanmar government to pursue an investigation that respects due process and the rule of law in an expeditious and transparent manner.

Representatives from the All Myanmar Moulvi Organisation, Ulama Islam Academicians League, Islamic Religious Affairs Council, Myanmar Muslim Youths’ Religious Organisation, Myanmar Muslim National League attended one meeting, while Dr Aye Maung from the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party and Rakhine community leader U Thein Shwe attended the other.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Blogger Widgets