New York: An Arakanese organization based in USA has issued a statement to welcome the President Obama’s plan to make a landmark visit to Burma this month.
The organization known as the Arakanese Community in Buffalo New York issued the statement on 11th of November. The Director of the organization, U Khine Myint Thein, told Narinjara that they support the American President’s visit because they see it as very important for democratic reforms in Burma.
“It has been more than five decades since the USA diplomatically isolated Burma and this is the first time its President will visit Burma after the long isolation. We welcome President Obama’s historic visit as we see it as very important for enhancing US-Burma relations as well as for all democratic developments in Burma”, said U Khine Myint Thein.
He said his group is optimistic about the US presidential visit to Burma hoping that the US government’s decision to engage with the present Burmese government will bring developments not only for the economic sectors but also for the human rights and democracy movements in the impoverished country.
The group has also urged the President Obama in their statement to prioritize the issues of ethnic nationalities while he meets with the Burmese government in his visit.
“We would like President Obama to urge the Burmese government to build genuine peace and reconciliation with the ethnic nationalities and to ensure equality of rights for them in it’s transition to democracy during his visit”, said U Khine Myint Thein.
The group also said the U Thein Sein-led Burmese government should practically act in accordance with its words about democratic reforms while the country is opening up to the world.
According to the media reports, President Obama will come to Burma on November 19 as a part of his first trip to Southeast Asia after he was reelected for second term in the elections held on 6th of November.