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Take severe action against conflict instigators in Myanmar: UN
Publication Date : 13-10-2013
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Myanmar's President Thein Sein to take severe action against those instigating violence in Myanmar, regardless if it is a person or a movement.
Ban made the suggestion during a meeting with Thein Sein to discuss cooperation between Myanmar and the UN at a government guest house in Brunei on October 11.
The meeting held after the Asean Summit in Brunei lasted for over an hour, during which Myanmar officially accepted the role of alternate Asean chairmanship which was handed over by the Brunei government.
When Eleven Media Group contacted Myanmar presidential spokesman Ye Htut, he said that UN is resolved to fully support Myanmar's actions in taking action against those instigating violence in the country.
"We must put an end to the conflicts first. In the event of a conflict, we (the government) will take prompt action against those involved. However, in the case of conflicts in Rakhine, it has been difficult to boost security in the state as access into the remote areas is limited," said Ye Htut.
To promote internal peace, the Myanmar government will set up a nationwide ceasefire deal by end of November, which will see the formation of an independent committee to initiate political dialogue, he said.
According to him, the meeting with the UN also included discussion about the relocation of Internally Displaced Persons and restoration of conflict-hit zones, which will see greater involvement by the international community.
Even though Myanmar is currently facing challenges in terns of internal conflicts and ethnic affairs, its role as alternate Asean chairman will serve as a boost to escalate reforms within the country.