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 state.

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