Najib urges restraint in Rakhine

Najib urges restraint in Rakhine

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) has urged Myanmar’s authorities to exercise calm and restraint in handling the violence in Rakhine state.

The Prime Minister took to Twitter to call for a holistic approach in dealing with the recent flare-up of violence in the area.

“We echo the @UN ’s Sec-Gen’s call for Myanmar’s security forces to seek holistic approaches towards addressing the crisis in Rakhine state.

“We urge for calm and restraint. The dire situation facing our Rohingya brothers and sisters must be alleviated for good of Myanmar & region,” he said in a tweet on Sunday.

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Friday warned of a looming humanitarian crisis in western Myanmar following the violence.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the reports of excesses during the security operations conducted by Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine state and urges restraint and calm to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe,” said a UN spokesman.

Guterres said it was the government’s responsibility to provide security and allow aid agencies to reach those in need.

The violence erupted following attacks by militants on police posts and an army base on Aug 25, which prompted a major counter-offensive that reportedly killed around 400 people, mostly Rohingya.

The UN estimated that 38,000 people had sought refuge in Bangladesh due to the recent violence while another 20,000 were amassing along its border, barred from entering the country.