PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA ON THE DEVELOPMENT IN RAKHINE, MYANMAR
Malaysia has reaffirmed its support and willingness to offer assistance to Myanmar in relation to the recent unrest in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. Malaysia has also conveyed its deepest sympathy to the government and the people of Myanmar over the ethnic conflict in Rakhine, and expressed its confidence on the ability of the Myanmar government under the leadership of HE President Thein Sein to end the conflict. The establishment of the Investigation Committee, declaration of the State of Emergency as well as cooperation extended to the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser for Myanmar genuinely demonstrated Myanmar’s desire in resolving the situation.
In my telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, HE Wunna Maung Lwin, this morning, the Foreign Minister expressed the Government of Myanmar’s appreciation to the Government and people of Malaysia for the support and offer of humanitarian assistance to Myanmar during the recent situation in Rakhine. According to HE Wunna Maung Lwin, the situation in Rakhine has been brought under control and therefore the need for assistance from other ASEAN member states did not arise at this moment. Nevertheless, the Foreign Minister in expressing his appreciation indicated that Malaysia would be approached should there be a need for assistance.
Malaysia always maintains a policy of non-interference in any country’s internal affairs. However, Malaysia believes that no country, especially ASEAN member states, should be left alone in difficult times without any offer of assistance. In this connection, I have also conveyed the warm wishes and a message from the Honorable Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Hj Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia to President Thein Sein that Malaysia’s offer of assistance to Myanmar is borne out of a sense of responsibility and spirit of neighbourliness as a member of the ASEAN family as we move closer towards the establishment of ASEAN Community in 2015.
DATO’ SRI ANIFAH HJ AMAN
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA