U.N. ENVOY TO MYANMAR WINDS UP FIRST VISIT

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 22 (NNN-MNA) – Christine Schraner Burgener, the special envoy of the UN secretary-general on Myanmar, completed her first visit to the country on Thursday, saying, she focused on listening to “diverse perspectives,” to build trust and confidence for establishing positive relations between the Rohingya ethnic minority group and the government.

Burgener met with Nobel laureate and State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, the military’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and other leaders, in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw, the commercial capital Yangon and Rakhine state, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said.

“The special envoy focused on listening to all sides, to better understand their diverse perspectives, with a view to building trust and confidence among various stakeholders, and establishing positive relations while promoting the key principles of the United Nations,” it said.

Since last Aug, more than 670,000 Rohingya ethnic Muslims, fled deadly violence in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar, an overwhelmingly Buddhist country, to neighbouring Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country.

Burgener recognised the situation’s complexities and expressed the hope that current efforts aimed at addressing the root causes would soon lead to an environment that would be conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of the internally displaced persons and refugees to their place of origin.

This has been a considerable problem, given the fact that the Myanmar government does not recognise the Rohingya as its citizens, even if the refugees volunteer to return.

In the biggest of the camps in Bangladesh, Kutupalong, the UN Refugee Agency are working with other agencies and the government of Bangladesh to fend off flooding from monsoon, already lashing the region.

Burgener also expressed her concern about intensifying violence in northern Kachin and eastern Shan states and its impact on civilians, the note said. The envoy said, she looks forward to visiting those areas on a next visit and “responded positively to the willingness of the government of Myanmar to include her in future peace talks.

Source: NAM News Network