STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE DATO’ SRI ANIFAH HAJI AMAN FOREIGN MINISTER OF MALAYSIA ON THE SITUATION IN RAKHINE STATE, MYANMAR 5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malaysia is gravely concerned at the continuous violence perpetrated against the Rohingyas in the Rakhine State of Myanmar.

Despite repeated calls by ASEAN Member States for Myanmar to find a solution to the issue in a peaceful manner, Myanmar has not shown the will nor the desire to do so. Though the Myanmar Government has given its assurance to implement measures to solve the problem, the recent incidents of violence as widely reported by the media shows that little, if any, progress has been achieved.

Given these developments, Malaysia believes that the matter of sustained violence and discrimination against the Rohingyas should be elevated to a higher international forum.

As a Nobel laureate who stood up for the principles of human rights, the international community had placed high expectation on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to achieve national peace and reconciliation in Myanmar. It is Malaysia’s hope that she will be able to fulfil these expectations soon.

The Ministry today summoned the Ambassador of Myanmar to Malaysia to express Malaysia’s displeasure on the latest situation of violence in the Rakhine State.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia

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