( Narinjara News, 3 June 2014)
Nearly 70 Arakanese Buddhists monks from different parts of Arakan State of Burma have gathered in Sittwe for a two day convention starting from Tuesday.
Held in Myo Ma Monastery in the Arakanese capital city, the participants of the meeting discussed various issues relating to Arakan on the first day on June 3.
U San Daw Batha, a monk leader of northern Arakan informed that the monks from 17 townships of the State gathered in Sittwe and expressed their opinions without trepidations.
“We want to know their opinions to adopt future plans for various Arakanese affairs. This is a primary reason for which the convention is being organized here (Sittwe),” said U San Daw Batha.
The meeting signifies importance as it is held after the sectarian violence that broke out in Arakan two years back. Moreover the meeting is understandably sponsored by a new found monks’ body involving Arakanese monks in their mission for a disciplined life.
The organization surfaced soon after the sectarian violence in 2012 where the Arakanese Buddhists and Muslim settlers, originally from Bangladesh, fought each other.
The meeting continues till Wednesday evening, where some concrete resolutions are expected to be adopted by the participants in regards to various Arakanese crisis and their probable solutions.