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State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with the Kofi Annan-led Arakan State Advisory Commission in Naypyidaw on Tuesday. The State Counselor’s Office said the group discussed progress in Arakan State, sustainable development in the region, peace and stability. Border affairs minister Lt-Gen Ye Aung also participated in the meeting.
The commission completed its three-day trip to Arakan State...
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Burma’s President U Htin Kyaw met with the chief of the Malaysian armed forces Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin in Naypyidaw on Monday.

A President’s Office statement said the two discussed bilateral relations, trade and the northern Arakan conflict, about which the president mentioned false news and an escalation of misunderstanding among communities in the region.

U Htin Kyaw said the government was...
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“When the Arakanese [leaders] did not sit in on face-to-face talks, the commission could not bring in their perspectives. That is what he is upset,” said Arakan State Advisory Commission member U Aye Lwin of chairman Kofi Annan.
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“The Special Branch police could torture them and force them to admit to crimes. Therefore, we are asking to be able to meet those detainees. They should be able to meet us and meet with lawyers,” De De Poe Jaing, joint secretary of the Ta’ang Women’s Organization, explained regarding the remaining four detainees.
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Two robbers grabbed about 15 million kyats, 15,000 US dollars, and mobile phone top up cards valued at 400,000 kyats. The two robbers also destroyed the CCTV server inside the shop.
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Burma’s military chief, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, said that Burmese security forces have not committed any human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, rapes, or arson against the Rohingya residents of Arakan State. If any violations were discovered, the general said, the offenders would be prosecuted. He made these statements during a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart,...
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“We don’t want the government to control the markets. But we do want the government to intervene in these recent problems,” said U Win Myint. “For example, the Central Bank should not try to restrict the exchange rate, but it should try to lead the market to a better solution.”
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The Irrawaddy revisits this interview with Arakan history expert Dr. Jacques P Leider about the ongoing strife between ethnic groups in the region.
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Malaysia masters the art of misdirection
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Arakan State Advisory Commission chairman Kofi Annan met with Burma’s President U Htin Kyaw in Naypyidaw on Monday after completing his Arakan tour. Minister for the State Counselor’s Office U Kyaw Tint Swe and deputy minister of Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin also participated in the meeting. The commission will deliver its initial report to the Union government in February. It will also hold a...
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One banner read “respect the decision of the Arakan State Parliament,” referring to the regional Arakan National Party-led parliament’s refusal to cooperate with the commission.
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“But instead of asking for information about the Arakan situation via diplomatic channels, the prime minister led a protest. This is very disappointing,” said U Zaw Htay.
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“I will not close my eyes and shut my mouth. We must defend them [Rohingya] not just because they are of the same faith but they are humans, their lives have value,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said.
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Malaysian PM leads protest against 'genocide' in Arakan

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