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Myanmar will include all ethnic minorities including Rohingya: NUG Spokesperson

 Published: 13:35, 1 February 2024

Myanmar will include all ethnic minorities including Rohingya: NUG Spokesperson

Spokesperson and Adviser to the President of Myanmar's National Unity Government (NUG) Kyaw Zaw has said the ongoing 'Spring revolution' against the brutal military Junta in Myanmar will be successful as the people of Myanmar are now more united than at any other time in history.

In a discussion on 'The Current Crisis of Myanmar and Its Impact on Neighbouring Region,' Kyaw Zaw said affirmed the NUG's commitment to inclusivity by announcing plans to incorporate all ethnic minorities, including the Rohingya currently residing in Bangladesh, and facilitate their repatriation. The discussion, held in a hybrid mode, featured insights from various experts.
Dr. Raymond Kwun-Sun Lau, Assistant Professor at NSU, addressed the Rohingya crisis, emphasizing its escalation into a regional security threat amid Myanmar's internal conflict. Brig Gen (Retd) M Sakhawat Hussain suggested Bangladesh's collaboration with multiple parties in Myanmar to expedite Rohingya repatriation.
Lau dismissed the effectiveness of sanctions imposed by the United States and its European allies, highlighting China's efforts to maintain influence in Myanmar. Shahidul Haque underscored Myanmar's significance to India, serving as a vital geographical link to ASEAN countries, prompting India to strengthen its relations with Myanmar.
Dr. Md Mahbubul Haque noted ASEAN's divided stance on Myanmar, indicating a reluctance to interfere but suggesting potential actions to restore democracy based on human rights and democratic principles.
Moderator Dr. Sk Tawfique M Haque emphasized the collective desire among neighboring countries to avoid Myanmar becoming a battleground for geopolitics, expressing hope for regional peace. The discussion drew participants from various sectors, both physically and virtually, showcasing a diverse engagement with the critical issues surrounding Myanmar's ongoing crisis.


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