YANGON (Bernama) – Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Monday called on residents in western state of Rakhine to join hands with the central government in developing the region, Xinhua news agency reported.
U said in his message on the 40th anniversary of Rakhine State Day that the situation between the two communities in the riot-hit state has remained stable.
“All races coming together to turn Myanmar into a peaceful, modern and prosperous democracy are important,” he said.
“I stress for everyone to work with the government for all-round development.”
Rakhine was designated as a state under the 1974 state constitution.
A sectarian riot broke out in Rakhine in June 2012 and a curfew imposed in the state was lifted on Sept 11 this year.