Thu 10 Apr 2014
Filed under: International,News
Myanmar President U Thein Sein met with visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Daniel R. Russel in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday, according to the President’s Office.
The pair had discussions on Rakhine state affairs, including rapid implementation of healthcare undertakings in the state, full security to be provided to the United Nations agencies and international non-governmental organizations and resumption of work of humanitarian aid groups in the state.
Russel said the United States is closely monitoring and firmly supports Myanmar, adding that the U.S. President and his government are also supporting Myanmar’s assumption of ASEAN alternate chair and domestic democratic reform process.
In November 2013, the U.S. government pledged 25 million U.S. dollars in new aid to address the dire humanitarian situation faced by displaced communities in the states of Rakhine and Kachin as well as the country’s southeast region.
The southeast region covers southern Shan, Karen, Kayah and Mon states.
The pledge came after respective visits to these areas by a joint diplomatic mission from the United States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom during October and November of the year to witness the political and humanitarian situation there.
The U.S. government vowed to work closely with the Myanmar government and local communities to continue to meet life-saving needs and achieve lasting solutions for the country’s displaced people.
According to an earlier report, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had extended 7.28 million dollars in emergency aid to victims of violence in Rakhine state as of January 2013 since June 2012.
Inter-communal conflict in Rakhine state flared up in June 2012 and surged again in October of the year, displacing an estimated 115,000 people and resulting in the loss of lives, housing, and likelihood.
In the latest development, Myanmar government has pledged to provide full security with aid groups from the United Nations and international organizations based in Sittway, capital of the western state, following the March 26-27 riot in Sittway which targeted the facilities of aid groups.