Nay Pyi Taw, April 30
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received and held a talk with permanent envoys of the United Nations Security Council led by Mr. Gustavo Meza Cuadra Velasquez from Peru, at the meeting hall of Bayintnaung Villa in Nay Pyi Taw this evening.
Also present at the call together with the Senior General were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo and senior military officers from the Office of Commander-in-Chief (Army). Envoys from the UN Security Council member countries and permanent representatives from the UN agencies in Myanmar and neighbouring countries also attended the meeting.
Permanent envoys from the United Nations Security Council led by Mr. Gustavo Meza Cuadra Velasquez asked about the matters pertaining to security affairs in northern Rakhine State, Buthidaung and Maungtaw regions, the reacceptance of those who left for other country, cooperation with UN agencies, harmonious reentry and settlement, and the acts done by the Tatmadaw in accordance with the law.
In replying to the questions, the Senior General said the Tatmadaw is following the disciplines strictly as it is a defence organization and the single Tatmadaw which represents the State.Servicemen are abiding by the Tatmadaw acts and do their tasks under the international laws, rules and regulations. And, action is exactly taken against discipline breakers under the law. These situations happened in northern Rakhine State due to terror acts of extremist Bengali terrorists. Myanmar is ready to accept the Bengalis who left for other country, under the agreements between the two countries.
The Tatmadaw is also ready to make cooperation in line with the directives of the Myanmar government. As the accused sexual violence is abominable on the ground of culture and religion of Myanmar, severe action is taken against the offenders. The Tatmadaw severely punishes those offenders in these cases. No sexual violence happened in the history of Myanmar Tatmadaw. The Senior General stressed if international organizations provide humanitarian aid, they need to give equal term of assistance to local ethnic people. He urged them to carefully study firm documents and documentary photos the Tatmadaw gave and carry out the processes to know real incidents. The Senior General urged them to fairly consider on both sides after openly asking locals on their trip of Rakhine State on 1 May.
Then, documents and photo albums related to the Rakhine issue were given to members of the permanent envoys of the UN Security Council led by Mr. Gustavo Meza Cuadra Velasquez.