Press Statement
The Situation in the Rakhine State


The situation in Rakhine State has been the foms of the world attention in
recent weeks. The Government of Myanmar fully shares the concern of the
internationa1 community regarding the dispIacement and suffering of all
communities affected by the latest escalation of violence ignited by the acts of
terrorism committed by the extremist group known as the Arakan Rohingya
Salvation Army (ARSA) in Northern Rakhine State on 25 August 2017.

The fresh round of violence was the result of simultaneous and
coordinated attacks by the terrorists on 30 police outposts in Northern Rakhine
State. The ARSA, which has been independently verified to be externally funded
and inspired organization, has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The same
group has also claimed responsibility for the attacks initiated on 9 October 2016.
The brutal acts of terrorism which targeted not only the Myanmar security forces
but aIsa innocent civilians must be unequivocaIly condemned. Acts of terrorism
cannot be condoned for any reason.

The Government of Myanmar strongly condemns the vicious acts of
terrorism and has declared the ARSA a terrorist group. The Government
welcomes the statements issued by the United Nations and a number of
countries firmly condemning the terrorist attacks.
The attacks of August 2017 were deliberately timed to coincide with the
reIease of the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rafiine led by Mr.
Kofi Annan. It is evident that the latest terror campaign is an attempt to
undermine the efforts of the Government to find a Pasting solution to the issue of
Rakhine though the speedy implementation of the Advisory Commission’s

The security forces have been instructed to adhere strictly to the Code of
Conduct in carrying out: security operations, to exercise all due restraint, and to
take full measures to avoid collateral damage and fhe harming of innocent
civilians in the course of carrying out their Jegitimate duty to restore stability.
Human Rights violations and all other acts that impair stability and
harmony and undermine the rule of Iaw will be addressed in accordance with
strict norms of justice.

The recent attacks have Ied to widespread fear and the subsequent
displacement of all communities, including Rakhine, Hindu, and various smaller
ethic minorities such as the Mru, Daingnet and Kaman, whose fate is sadly
overIooked by the world.

The Government has granted media access to northern Rakhine to both
Toed and international media in order to provide a balanced and comprehensive
view of complex situation. The government provided prompt relief aid to
alleviate the plight of displaced communities.

Humanitarian assistance will be provided to all displaced inhabitants
without discrimination. A Government-led mechanism estabIished in
cooperation with the Red Cross Movement has already started its humanitarian
assistance activities. Myanmar weIcomes the offers of ASEAN members as we11
as other countries to contribute toward the assistance programme.

The Government brought out a statement welcoming the
recmmendations of Mr. Kofi Annan’s Advisory Commission on 24 August
2027. A Ministerial-led Committee to monitor the progress of the
implementation of the recornendations will be established speedily and an
Advisory Board comprised of eminent persons from home and abroad will
also be constituted to ssist the Committee in its work.

The international community can best help by supporting the Myanmar
Government in its efforts to bring stability, peace and development to Wine

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dated: 11 September 2017

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