Tension Eases in Rakhine State, Myanmar Envoy Tells PM

Dhaka: The Burmese Ambassador to Bangladesh U Myo Myint Than told the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the tension in the violence stricken Arakan state has eased since the government intervened, according to a UNB report.

He called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Thursday.

Myint Than explained the present situation to the Prime Minister, saying the Burmese government has formed a high-powered investigation commission to look into the real causes behind the incidents and make recommendations for future action that will serve the interests of the nation.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina is said to have expressed appreciation for Burma and the success in tackling the sectarian violence in Arakan state, saying that socioeconomic development and equal treatment of all people in Burma is the solution for lasting peace.

Various issues relating to bilateral interests, including the expansion of trade and commerce were also discussed during the meeting.

Sheikh Hasina told the Ambassador that Bangladesh appreciates Myanmar’s early acceptance of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) submitted by Dhaka to import hydro-electric power from the Rakhine and Chin states.

Hasina also told the ambassador that the Bangladesh government will soon start repatriating refugees from the Kutupalong and Nayapara camps of Cox’s Bazar district.

Mentioning the existing special relationship between the two countries, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh wants to take the relationship to new strengths.

Hasina also said Bangladesh is ready to sign the revised Air Services Agreement to enable private airlines to operate on the Dhaka-Chittagong-Yangon route.

After the meeting the PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters.