Mogherini expects the Myanmar action to address conflict in Rakhine state

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in Photobacterium the representative of the European Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini. Archival photoMogherini expects the Myanmar action to address conflict in Rakhine state© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini said this week he expects the Myanmar authorities steps that will help to resolve the crisis situation in Rakhine state and provide access to the area of humanitarian assistance.

«I have been closely monitoring the tragic events in Rakhine state and in the border area of Bangladesh. The European Union expressed its concern last Friday in the course of direct contacts with members of the Myanmar government,» — said Mogherini, a statement which was circulated by the European external action service (EBU).

In her words, «the priority is to provide immediate access for humanitarian relief simultaneously with the elimination of the causes of the conflict by implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission (Kofi) Annan.»

«I was given assurances that both issues this week, steps will be made and I’m waiting for this», — said the head of EU diplomacy.

The conflict in Rakhine state between ethnic Rohingya (Rohingya) and the indigenous population of the state consisting of peoples, related to the titular nation of Myanmar — Burmese — and practicing Buddhism continues for many years. Lately there has been an escalation of the conflict. Military and security forces since the end of August carried out an operation against the militants. The operation began after the August 25, militants conducted a coordinated attack on several police posts and army barracks in Rakhine state.

Earlier in connection with accusations of ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine state in the country has launched several investigations, including one sanctioned by the government. It was held by the Commission headed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The Commission’s recommendations, the authorities fully supported. However, they did not agree with the decision of the Council for human rights of the UN for an independent international investigation into the situation.

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