Foreign ministers of ASEAN countries on August 17 issued a statement on
the situation in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, following
recent clashes between some local ethnic communities.
The statement was released after Myanmar President U Thein Sein
signed a decree on the establishment of a 27-member investigation
commission to look into the real cause of the conflict in the Rakhine
According to the statement, the ASEAN FMs
reaffirmed their strong support for Myanmar 's ongoing
democratisation, while keeping close watch on the situation in the
Rakhine state after the May 28 and June 3 clashes.
They also welcomed the steps the government of Myanmar has taken to
address the internal issue, including its cooperation with the United
Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations, in meeting the
humanitarian needs of the affected people and communities.
The FM’s expressed their readiness, upon the request of the government
of Myanmar , to provide humanitarian support in the Rakhine state,
said the statement.
The unrest in the Rakhine state
was provoked with the killing of a Rakhine ethnic woman by three Bengali
men on May 28 and the murder of 10 Muslims by a mob on June 3.-VNA