India, EU ask Myanmar to implement Annan Commission's report

08 Oct,2017

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

India and the European Union  (EU) have urged the Myanmar authorities to implement the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations and work with Bangladesh to enable the return of the displaced persons from all communities to Northern Rakhine State.


India and the EU also recognised the role being played by Bangladesh in extending humanitarian assistance to the people in need, according to India–EU Joint Statement issued during 14th India-EU Summit in New Delhi on Friday.


The joint statement was issued after talks among Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker.


India and the EU expressed deep concern at the recent spate of violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar that has resulted in the outflow of a large number of people from the state, many of whom have sought shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh. 


Both sides took note that this violence was triggered off by a series of attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants which led to loss of lives amongst the security forces as well as the civilian population.


Both sides recognised the need for ending the violence and restoring normalcy in the Rakhine state without any delay. 


More than 5,15,000 Rohingyas have so far taken refuge in Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar carried out by its military forces since August 25.  


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