Arakan

The land that is known as Arakan by the foreigners is called Rakhaing-pray by its own people, Rakhaing-thar (Arakanese) who were titled this name in honour of preservation on their national heritage and ethics or morality.

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Q : We have knowledge that UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Myanmar Mr. Vijay Nambiar visited the town of Sittwe through Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships of Rakhine state and head back straight to Yangon. However, during his trip, he did not meet the representatives of ethnic Rakhine. What’s your say on this?

A: I would so much like to talk about this issue. We feel deeply upset about this. There are 3 ministers who represent Rakhine ethnic group, there are Rakhine MPs, there’s the Party which represents Rakhine ethnic group, moreover, at the town of Sittwe, there is a number of gentlemen who are well-respected in the Rakhine community, and in fact, could represent the Rakhine ethnic group. He should, and could meet any of these people. We feel highly upset about Mr. Nambiar’s failure to meet these people despite coming to Rakhine state. That makes us wonder about the stance of UN. There was no press conference either. And that is purely a totally unpleasant situation.

Therefore it makes us wonder the true motives of Mr. Nambia, is he being bias against those of ethnic Rakhine? So, by looking at this event, it’s obvious that there are people who are pulling the strings from behind; otherwise, there is no reason for such a high ranking diplomat like him to dare not to call for a press conference. For an organisation like UN, which is the de-facto representative of world’s democratic societies, such a big failure is a heinous diplomatic mistake.

“This is Messenger Journal, just interviewed U Hla Saw, the General Secretary of Rakhine Nationalities Development Party”

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