Indonesia wants end to Rohingya crisis, Jokowi tells Myint

Indonesia wants end to Rohingya crisis, Jokowi tells Myint


Singapore — President Joko Widodo has reiterated Indonesia’s commitment to assist the Myanmar government in solving the Rohingya crisis. Shortly after arriving in Singapore to attend the 32nd ASEAN Summit, the President held a bilateral meeting with Myanmar’s new president, Myin Mint on Friday (27/04) afternoon, during which Jokowi expressed his concern over the ongoing crisis. Jokowi said Indonesia was ready to provide any necessary assistance for Myanmar to secure the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from their camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazaar back to Rakhine state. “Indonesia has only one interest, namely to see a stable and peaceful Rakhine, where people, including Muslims can live in peace,” Jokowi told Myint during the meeting. Jokowi highlighted the fact that dozens of Rohingya refugees had arrived in Kuara Bireun Beach in Aceh by boat last week. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people fled Myanmar following a military crackdown against the ethnic minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which the UN dubbed as an act of “ethnic cleansing.” The bilateral talk was the first meeting between Jokowi and Myint, whi assumed Myanmar’s presidency last month after his predecessor Htin Kyauw, stepped down. Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi was absent from this week’s ASEAN Summit. Suu Kyi has long faced global pressure due to the unsolved crisis. Jokowi also encouraged his Myanmar counterpart to implement the recommendations issued by the Advisory Committee for Rakhine State, which is led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan to solve the humanitarian crisis in the region. The committee issued a report last year that proposed a series of measures to resolve the conflict, such as to allow humanitarian aid workers to enter the affected areas in northern Rakhine and set up an independent investigation into the allegations of crimes.