November 03, 2016
At the request of the UN representative who coordinates humanitarian aid, ambassadors to Myanmar, UNDP representatives and others led by Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Rakhine State Chief Minister and minster of state for foreign affairs U Kyaw Tin left Yangon for Sittwe, Rakhine State by air yesterday morning
to assess the Myanmar government’s performances after a series of armed attacks on the villages of Maungtaw and Rathetaung townships, Rakhine State on October 9.
At the Sittwe Airport assembly hall, Union Minister and Rakhine State Chief Minister clarified to diplomats and UNDP representatives: “After the attacks which happened in Maungtaw and Rathetaung townships, the Union Government is solving problems in accord with laws and rules.
There were false accusations of Islamist genocidal cases, and offences of arresting Muslims without evidence, rape cases and burning homes in villages were committed by the forces.
Now that actual situations on the ground were shown to the visitors to know the truth, you yourselves can interview the Islamists. As instructed by the State Counsellor, the Union Government and Rakhine State Cabinet are carrying out tasks in accordance with laws, rules and regulations under the close supervision of responsible officials at different levels.
In the briefing hall of the Kyikanpyin No. 1 Border Guard Outpost, officials from the Tatmadaw, Myanmar Police Force and the Rakhine State Government clarified recent events using records as evidence about the violent armed attacks that happened in Maungtaw Township.
They also replied to answers raised by the diplomats.
Afterwards, the diplomats and Union ministers went to the Village of Warpeik and viewed the site where houses were burnt down by arsonists.
At the visit to the Kyikanpyin Village, where the violent armed attack happened, Muslim villagers who had fled came out from their hiding places and met with the union ministers and diplomats.
They also met with Islamic people of the village of Zinpaingnyar Village.
In the afternoon, Union Minister Lt-Gen Ye Aung, UNDP representatives and ambassadors visited the village of Kyeingyoung where Rakhine, Dainat and Myo ethnic peoples and Islamic villagers are living together in peace.
They also visited the Village of Pyaugpaik, where five members of the Tatmadaw were killed in the violent armed attack, and met with Muslim residents living near the village.
During the trip, authorities hoped to expose the truth behind accusations of human rights violations during area clearance operations by members of the Tatmadaw and police force.
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar