UNITED NATIONS (Bernama) – Even though Myanmar’s handling of its Rohingyas minorities has been voiced in many forums as an issue of major concern, the United Nations (UN) has now come out with a critical analysis of the underlying problems that face that country which, besides economic development and eradication of poverty, also needs to urgently grapple with its citizenship issue and a hike in foreign aid.
Senior UN humanitarian and development aid officials, who have just returned from a visit to Myanmar where they held talks with senior officials, called at a press briefing in New York for donor countries to continue essential aid to the displaced persons, assistance to address the poverty issue and also contribute in terms of creating better conditions for a peaceful and better coexistence and resolving the citizenship issue that has dodged the once-reclusive Myanmar state.
The UN officials, Haoliang Xu, the Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and John Ging, Director of Operations at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), identified these priorities for the Myanmar state.
Gingtold the media that his first impression that there was “progress made, but tremendous challenges still remain”. Xu, on the other hand, highlighted the urgency to enhance efforts aimed at poverty eradication across the Rakhine state, concentrating on development solutions which would lead to a peaceful co-existence.