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Rohingya Issue Is Of Concern To ASEAN – Anifah

April 25, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 (Bernama) — The Rohingya issue is not just Myanmar’s problem, but of concern to ASEAN too, says Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

 

Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar wave as they are transported by a wooden boat to a temporary shelter in Krueng Raya in Aceh Besar, in this file picture taken April 8, 2013.  REUTERS/Junaidi Hanafiah/Files

Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar wave as they are transported by a wooden boat to a temporary shelter in Krueng Raya in Aceh Besar, in this file picture taken April 8, 2013. REUTERS/Junaidi Hanafiah/Files

 

He noted that the matter required ASEAN’s engagement for a resolution as it had now affected neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.

 

“They (Myanmar) are saying that it’s their internal affair. But, it has spilled over to countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. Thus, it’s no longer just Myanmar’s affair, but an ASEAN issue,” he said.

 

The minister told a news conference this today, ahead of the 26th ASEAN Summit on April 26-27 here and in Langkawi.

 

Anifah noted that the “ASEAN way” could well be used to settle the issue.

 

Difficulties faced by the Rohingya community in Myanmar has led to an outflow of migrants to neighbouring countries.
On Myanmar’s response to concerns raised over the matter, Anifah said it had given an assurance that steps were being taken to resolve it.

 

Stressing that ASEAN appreciated the reform efforts taken by Myanmar, he said issues pertaining to the country may take some time to address.

 

BERNAMA