The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, has addressed separate letters to Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary General, and Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, on the renewed outbreak of violence affecting the Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
Referring to the indiscriminate use of force against the civilian populations in Rakhine, which had led to miserable situation affecting a huge number of civilians across the region, Dr. Al-Othaimeen reiterated OIC’s call upon the United Nations to continue exerting pressure on Myanmar to end the violence and restore to the Rohingya their basic rights. He also expressed the hope that the United Nations Security Council could urgently and effectively address the issue.
The Secretary General expressed the OIC’s concern also to the State Counsellor of Myanmar over the situation in Rakhine State and called upon the authorities to immediately cease the violence, restore the displaced persons to their homes and allow humanitarian aid agencies to assist the affected people.
The Secretary General further noted that the current crisis has the potential of destabilizing the entire region unless the core issues of inequality, justice and citizenship are resolved.
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