Ihsanoglu asks Aung San Suu Kyi to play a role in ending the violence in Arakan
Ihsanoglu asks Aung San Suu Kyi to play a role in ending the violence in Arakan The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu reached out to Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar, Nobel Peace Laureate to play a positive role in bringing an end to the violence that has afflicted Arakan State.
In a letter he sent to Suu Kyi, the Secretary General wrote: As a Nobel Peace Laureate, we are confident that the first step of your journey towards ensuring peace in the world would start from your own doorstep and that you would play a positive role in bringing an end to the violence that has afflicted Arakan State. He suggested she could make the Government agree to an international inquiry into the recent violence, granting free access to humanitarian aid groups and international media in Arakan as well as expediting the return of the victims to their respective properties. He expressed his deep concern about the unabated and continuous violation of Rohingya rights in Myanmar where thousands of Rohingyas were killed, injured and displaced both internally and externally. Ihsanoglu stated that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and its institutions, being the second largest intergovernmental political entity after the United Nations remains seized with the issue of Rohingya. The Secretary General assured Suu Kyi that the OIC stands ready to cooperate with her and the Myanmar Government. To this end, he extended an open invitation to her to visit the OIC headquarters in Jeddah at a mutually convenient time. Meanwhile, he congratulated her for being elected as a member of the Myanmar Parliament through an election that initiated the road to democracy in her country. He added: It was also heartening to see you delivering the acceptance speech after more than twenty years of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
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