Myanmar working to achieve peace and prosperity in Rakhine State

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Myanmar's new government is committed to finding a sustainable solution to the situation in Rakhine State, home to some one million people of indeterminate citizenship.

Most are members of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority living in the north.

Speaking in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said authorities are dedicated to finding a solution that will lead to peace, stability and development for communities there.

Dianne Penn reports.

Rakhine State is located on Myanmar's west coast.

It is among the least developed parts of the country, formerly known as Burma.

The Foreign Minister outlined some of the steps her government is taking, including scrutinizing immigration and citizenship, and establishing security, stability and the rule of law.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said authorities are also cooperating with UN agencies and international organizations providing humanitarian assistance.

"To buttress our efforts to address the issue comprehensively and more effectively, we have also established the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, chaired by Dr Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. There has been persistent opposition from some quarters to the establishment of the Commission. However, we are determined to persevere in our endeavour to achieve harmony, peace and prosperity in the Rakhine State."

She stated that peace and reconciliation are fundamental to fulfilling the social and economic needs of Myanmar's people.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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