Sittwe: Leaders of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party met the British Ambassador in Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State, on the 2nd of October.
“The British ambassador and two other officials came to Sittwe at 3:30 pm and we met them at 5:30 pm in the Noble Hotel. We mainly discussed the recent unrest in our region”, said U Oo Hla Saw, the General Secretary of the RNDP.
The President Dr. Aye Maung, the Lawmaker of State Parliament from Sittwe Township, U Maung Nyo, the Central Committee Member, U Shwe Maung, and the General Secretary U Oo Hla Saw of the RNDP were said to have met with the British Ambassador.
U Oo Hla Saw said the British Ambassador had asked them their opinions on the recent unrest and the requirements for future peaceful co-existence between Arakanese Buddhists and the Muslims during the meeting.
“We told him how the unrest occurred, explaining the background history of our region and our opinions on how the two communities—Arakanese Buddhists and Muslims—will be able to live peacefully in the future. We have also told him about the decisions of the public meeting held in Rathedaung on September 25 and 26, emphasizing that those decisions reflect genuine desires of the Arakanese public”, said U Hla Saw.
He also said they presented facts to the British Ambassador and team showing that Arakan State is the poorest region – suffering from all kinds of crises and needing urgent development. They also requested that international governments and organizations refrain from biases while working for the affairs of Arakan State.
“The British Ambassador had also told us that they will try their best to help regional development as well as helping find the best solutions for peaceful co-existence between the two communities in our region”, he said.
The British Ambassador and team is also said to have met with Muslim community leaders on the same day separately after meeting the RNDP.