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Union Government to fully protect aid groups in Rakhine State

Nay Pyi Taw, 8 April— The Union Government has announced that it  will provide aid groups from the UN and other international organizations with full security services and will cooperate with them on all levels.

          In a press release from the Union Government on Tuesday regarding the   investigation commission for the March 26-27 riots in Sittway, Rakhine State,  the Union Government also pledged that it will form a support group for emergency situations as part of efforts to support local authorities and security forces as the response to the March 26-27 riots in Sittway, Rakhine State was now adequate, officials said.

The Union Government will expose the ringleaders and others involved in the riots which targeted the facilities of aid groups, with officials saying that serious action will be taken. According to the report of the investigation commission, instigators used the fact that Ms Yvonne Dunton from the Malteser International organization took down a Buddhist flag outside her rented house as an excuse to start the violence, further straining the relations between local people and international aid groups.

The residences and facilities of the aid groups were destroyed during the riots due to a sluggish response from authorities, the report said. During the riots, 14 offices of 18 aid groups, 16 homes, 15 warehouses, 14 vehicles, 2 watercraft, 29 motorcycles and office equipment, valued at K 430 million and USD 430,000 were damaged.— NLM

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Press Release of Ministry of Health

Medicins Sans Frontiers-Holland (MSF-Holland) is an organization that operates to fight against AIDS, TV and Malaria and has been allowed to register in Myanmar since 9-7-2012.

Although MSF-Holland’s aim and work procedures are beneficial to people, unwanted problems have been occurred with local people in Rakhine State due to weakness of MSF-Holland’s some staff. So, MSF-Holland’s operations are temporarily suspended in Rakhine State.

During temporary suspension period, the Ministry of Health will cooperate with other INGOs with regard to MSF-Holland’s functions in Rakhine State and is striving for providing health care services to locals.

The Ministry of Health is cooperating in public health care service in joining hands with UN agencies and social organizations at home and abroad.

MSF-Holland’s functions are temporarily suspended according to peace and stability in Rakhine State. The government is coordinating with MSF-Holland to cooperate in health care service and MSF-Holland’s activities will be allowed to operate in Rakhine State at an opportune time.

The Ministry of Health expressed thanks for cooperating in infectious diseases control of The Global Fund.

Ministry of Health

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Union Government to fully protect aid groups in Rakhine State

Nay Pyi Taw, 8 April— The Union Government has announced that it will provide aid groups from the UN and other international organizations with full security services and will cooperate with them on all levels.

In a press release from the Union Government on Tuesday regarding the investigation commission for the March 26-27 riots in Sittway, Rakhine State,  the Union Government also pledged that it will form a support group for emergency situations as part of efforts to support local authorities and security forces as the response to the March 26-27 riots in Sittway, Rakhine State was now adequate, officials said.

The Union Government will expose the ringleaders and others involved in the  riots which targeted the facilities of aid groups, with officials saying that serious action will be taken. According to the report of the investigation commission, instigators used the fact that Ms Yvonne Dunton from the Malteser International organization took down a Buddhist flag outside her rented house as an excuse to start the violence, further straining the relations between local people and international aid groups.

The residences and facilities of the aid groups were destroyed during the riots due to a sluggish response from authorities, the report said. During the riots, 14 offices of 18 aid groups, 16 homes, 15 warehouses, 14 vehicles, 2 watercraft, 29 motorcycles and office equipment, valued at K 430 million and USD 430,000 were damaged.— NLM

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Press Statement in relation to the telephonic conversation between H.E U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon

Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Information Team

Press Release (3/2014)

2 April, 2014

3 Waxing of Tagu, 1375 ME

 Press Statement in relation to the telephonic conversation between

H.E U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon

1.           U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar made the following briefing to Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General, who called him on the telephone in the morning of 31 March, 2014:

a. After the riots broke out in Sittway in Rakhine State on 26th and 27th of March, the Government has managed to restore peace and stability. Law and order is now prevailing there.
b. The Government has taken necessary measures to ensure the safety and protection of all members of UN Agencies, Humanitarian Aid Agencies.
c. The Government has made arrangements for the Staff and Aid workers who would like to leave Sittway and has provided safety and protection to those who wish to retain in Sittway.
d. The President thanked the UN Secretary General for the humanitarian assistances provided and mentioned his desire to continue to cooperate with the UN and International Organizations for the effective delivery of humanitarian assistances.
e. An investigation commission has been formed to investigate the event occurred in Sittway, Rakhine State and the report of the investigation would be submitted to the President.
f. The Government of Myanmar will take necessary actions against offenders in accordance with the law.
g. The Government is cooperating with the United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA in conducting the Nationwide Census Taking Process to be in line with the international standards.
h. 20 international observers are observing the census taking process throughout Myanmar.
i. The President has sent the team led by the Vice President comprised of the Union Minister for Immigration and Population and relevant Deputy Ministers to Rakhine State for necessary managements.

2.           The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is committed to ensure peace and stability in Rakhine State and for successful implementation of the National Census Taking Process with the entire people. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar will continue to cooperate with the United Nations and INGOs in accordance with her Foreign Policy.

 Information Team

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