9 September 2016
Yangon – Kofi Annan, the Chair of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with senior General and Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw on 8 September 2016.
They exchanged views on the delicate and complex situation in Rakhine State. Min Aung Hlaing confirmed that the Commission will be able to count on the military’s cooperation.
Kofi Annan then met with the President of the Union of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw. Kofi Annan informed the President of the Commission’s initial progress and President Htin Kyaw assured Kofi Annan that the Government of the Union of Myanmar would support the Commission in its endeavors.
Earlier in the week in Rakhine State, the Commission met with representatives from a range of communities. They included: senior Monks, the Speaker and Members of Rakhine Parliament, representatives of political parties, and local cabinet members. Commissioners also interacted with community elders of various communities and visited camps and villages to interact with residents.
The Commission concluded its inaugural week with a press conference in Yangon during which Kofi Annan stressed that the Advisory Commission is primarily a domestic Commission.
“It is important that people don’t feel that a foreign commission is here to investigate domestic affairs,” Kofi Annan said. “With six out of the nine commissioners being nationals, this is a Myanmar Commission that has not been established to investigate but to make recommendations to the Government”.
The Commission will continue to engage with members of all communities in the weeks and months ahead. The overall objective of the Advisory Commission is to provide recommendations to the Government of Myanmar on measures for finding lasting solutions to the complex and delicate issues in the Rakhine State, in accordance with established international standards. It will issue its final report with recommendations to the Government of Myanmar in the second half of 2017.