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UN adviser voices deep concern at recent violence in Rakhine, calls for calm

12:28 PM | 12 Oct, 2016
UN adviser voices deep concern at recent violence in Rakhine, calls for calm
NEW YORK -  The United Nations envoy for Myanmar has expressed his deep concern at the violent attacks by unidentified individuals and groups against border guards and security forces on Oct 9 and the resultant fighting that claimed the lives of security personnel and civilians in the three affected areas of Northern Rakhine.

At this delicate juncture, the local communities at all levels must refuse to be provoked by these incidents and their leaders must work actively to prevent incitement of animosity or mutual hatred between Buddhist and Muslim communities, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, said in a statement.

Nambiar said he has been informed by the concerned authorities in the capital, Naypyitaw, that firm instructions have been issued from the highest levels to take action strictly in accordance with the law to maintain peace and avoid escalation.

The Special Adviser called on the civilian population of the area to exercise maximum restraint and not be provoked into any kind of response by targeting other communities or religious groups.

Over the last year, the authorities have shown good organization and discipline in averting any major outbreak of violence between the communities in Rakhine, he noted.

While recognizing the prompt action and sober response of the security forces, Nambiar urged them to exercise caution in the future to avoid any injuries or loss of innocent civilian lives, collateral damage to properties or any perception of harassment of the local population.

In 2012, longstanding discrimination by majority Buddhists against Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine exploded into large-scale violence. More than 100,000 people, mostly Rohingyas, are still in displacement camps.

In his Myanmar role which he has held since 2010, the veteran diplomat is tasked with employing the Secretary-General’s good offices towards helping the southeast Asian nation on its path of transition towards peace, democratization and development, according to a UN press release.

In addition to other methods, the Secretary-General uses his good offices diplomatic measures taken publicly and in private, drawing upon his independence, impartiality and integrity to prevent international disputes from arising, escalating or spreading, it said.

–APP

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.

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Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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