Published on Friday, 16 December 2016 23:49
A statement from Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Foreign Minister Anifah Aman is prepared to meet with Myanmar’s State Counselor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to determine how the Muslim-majority country can assist Myanmar to end the violence.
Myanmar has called for members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to participate in a retreat in Yangon Monday to discuss recent developments in the country, including in Rakhine state.
“We welcome this positive development,” the Malaysian ministry said.
“On the claim that Malaysia’s recent actions are ‘un-ASEAN-like’ and may jeopardize any further possibility of Malaysia playing a credible role toward a long-term solution in Rakhine state, the Ministry believes that it is due to Malaysia’s vocal position on the issue that Myanmar will host an Asean Foreign Ministers’ retreat,” the ministry said in its statement.
At least 86 people have been killed and about 30,000 displaced in an army crackdown in the Rakhine state since October.
More than 20,000 Rohingya have fled the area to neighboring Bangladesh where they have accused Myanmar soldiers of killing civilians, raping women and girls and burning down their homes.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led a December 4 rally in the capital Kuala Lumpur during which he condemned violence against Rohingya Muslims as genocide and urged other Asian nations to increase pressure on Myanmar to stop the violence.
The move prompted Myanmar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Kyaw Tin to summon Malaysian Ambassador Mohd Haniff Bin Abd Rahman to express dismay over Najib’s remarks.
Malaysia on Thursday again defended Najib’s position, saying if not addressed urgently the ongoing violence would impact the region’s security and stability and would no longer be an “internal affair.”
“Asean member states as a community of nations has a responsibility to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of people in accordance with the Asean Charter and the Charter of the United Nations, as well as the Asean Human Rights Declaration,” the foreign ministry said in its statement.
– Radio Free Asia
Source by: http://malaysiandigest.com/