Respect Myanmar’s sovereignty

On September 19, Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave a State of the Union Address on terror attacks in Rakhine State.

In her 30-minute address, the State Counsellor said: "Myanmar doesn't fear international scrutiny with regard to Rakhine issue and prepare to begin verification process to accept those fled to Bangladesh. We feel deeply for the suffering of all the people who have been caught up in the conflict. Those who have had to flee their homes are many. Not just Muslims and Rakhines but also small minority groups such as Kaman, Mro, Thet, Marmagyi and Hindus.”

"The government is making efforts to restore harmony, peace and stability to communities in Rakhine State. It is very little known that the great majority of Muslims in the Rakhine State have not joined the exodus. More than 50 percent of the villagers of Muslims are intact. And for this reason, we would like to invite members of the diplomatic community to visit Rakhine State. A lot of false information about Rakhine State are spreading," she said.

A few days before the State Counsellor gave a State of the Union Address, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said all needed to have unity so as to refute allegations about Rakhine affairs.

Cross-border problem in Rakhine State is Myanmar’s internal affairs. It is just a verification process of the immigration department. Myanmar has won supports from China and India for the handling of internal problem. Russia said other countries should not interfere in Myanmar’s internal affairs. In addition, Asean countries cannot interfere in domestic affairs of other countries, according to the non-interference policy.

Some western countries and the UN lash out at and put pressure on Myanmar over the Rakhine affairs. Especially, the British which colonized Bangladesh and Myanmar, is putting more pressure on Myanmar. The British ambassador to the UN requested a UN Security Council meeting regarding the Rakhine Affairs.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, speaking to Bangladeshi activists in New York where she is attending the UN General Assembly, called for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the Rakhine crisis. Bangladesh was making diplomatic efforts to persuade Myanmar to take back more than 420,000 Bengali Muslims who fled the conflict. She also accused Myanmar of laying landmines along the border to stop the return of Bengali Muslims.

Myanmar is a sovereign, independent country and adheres to the independent, active and non-aligned foreign policy. It also sticks to the policy of ensuring the world peace and long-term relationship. According to the fundamental principles, Myanmar upholds the principles of peaceful co-existence of nations.

If there is greater pressure on Myanmar with international rules and regulations by going beyond the existing laws, the government, the Tatmadaw and all citizens would safeguard the country’s sovereignty in unity.

All citizens must stand firmly with the State Counsellor and the Tatmadaw over the Rakhine affairs.

The Daily Eleven beleives that the UK and Bangladesh need to respect Myanmar’s sovereignty as Myanmar is a sovereign, independent nation.