RVISION July 15, 2016

After only its second meeting, the new committee formed to address issues in Arakan (Rakhine) State has identified 142 priority areas.

The Arakan (Rakhine) State Peace, Stability and Development Committee was established on May 30 by the president as an answer to ongoing tensions and human rights concerns in the restive western state, and has been tasked with formulating development initiatives.

Headed by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the 27-member committee held its second meeting yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw.

Amid continued pressure over conditions faced by largely Arakanese Rohingya who have seen no change to their circumstance in the first four months of the new administration, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged all committee members yesterday to accelerate plans to improve Arakan (Rakhine) State.

“We have done many things within the first 100 days, but this is just the beginning. We need much more time,” said U Nyi Pu, chief minister of Arakan (Rakhine) State.

He included providing humanitarian aid and resettlement assistance to people affected by flooding, as well as the ongoing National Verification Card program aimed at addressing citizenship issues.

“I can say there has been no big trouble so far,” U Nyi Pu added.

U Kyaw Swe, chair of the security, stability and rule of law sub-committee under the central Arakan (Rakhine) committee, said more job opportunities are needed in order to rehabilitate relations between the communities in Arakan (Rakhine).

U Tun Aung Kyaw, secretary of the Akkyab (Sittwe)-based Arakan National Party, said not many development initiatives can be carried out in the state right now as it has been hit with monsoon storms.

“We are not satisfied so far with the government’s implementation of plans for Rakhine State,” he said.

U Aung Htay, an activist in Arakan (Rakhine) State, said he has not noticed much improvement in the state, especially around the issue of tensions between communities there.

“We want the government to clearly resolve that,” he said.

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