Malaysia will ask the Myanmar government’s cooperation to allow unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas in Rakhine

Malaysia will ask the Myanmar government’s cooperation to allow unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas in Rakhine.

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said this was among the three resolutions that Kuala Lumpur will push for during the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) special ministerial meeting on Rohingyas, in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

“The other resolutions are we will push for a recognition of the measures taken by the Government of Myanmar in improving the conditions of vulnerable communities including the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state.

“Malaysia will also push for expression of concern over the alleged acts of violence and human right abuses towards the Rohingya Muslim minority and its spill-over effects,” he told the media after overseeing the final preparations for the meeting here today.

Malaysia will host the one-day OIC Extraordinary Session of The Council of Foreign Ministers on the situation of the Rohingya muslims in Myanmar.

Anifah said he would be chairing the meeting that is being convened at the request of the Malaysian government to discuss the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

“We have seen the spill-over effects of the actions in Myanmar through the mass exodus of the Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh.

“This a matter which is of concern to the OIC since it affects Muslims, which the OIC was established to protect,” he said.

Anifah said Prime Minister Najib Razak would deliver the keynote address for tomorrow’s meeting as the issues were followed closely by him.

He pointed out that besides the resolutions, Kuala Lumpur would also come out with the final communique, among others touching on the safe return of the displaced Rohingya community.

Malaysia hoped that the final communique would push for the Government of Myanmar to abide by its obligations under international law and prevent the worsening of the acute humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state, Anifah said.

These two documents will be deliberated, discussed and finalised at the Extraordinary Session which all foreign ministers from 57 member countries were expected to attend.

According to reports, the ongoing crisis in Rakhine state has caused thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmmar with reports of atrocities, including rape and murder, which has been denied by the Myanmar government.
– Bernama


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