Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | ePaper
Pragmatic foreign policy needed to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar
On Saturday night villagers heard gunfire as fighters from the armed group, which recruits from the mainly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic people, raided a police post in the village of Yoe Ta Yoke. In a statement, police said around 60 members of the 'Arakan Army' terrorist group attacked using automatic firearms. Myanmar leaders vowed to crush the rebels, who are fighting for autonomy for Rakhine, but clashes have spread to new areas, displacing several Buddhist people.
In 2017, attacks on security outposts by insurgents from the Muslim Rohingya minority provoked a military crackdown in the north of the state. UN agencies say more than 730,000 people fled into camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar District. Saturday night's attack took place about 50 km (31 miles) north of the Rakhine State's capital Sittwe. Myanmar's military said in a separate statement that troops clashed with about 200 men from the insurgent group at a different location, along with Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. Obviously, the latest incident is troublesome for the neighbouring countries, particularly Bangladesh.
Departments and agencies concerned should have a close observation in the events inside Myanmar in a bid to tackle any untoward situation on short notice. Besides, the Foreign Ministry should device a realistic foreign policy with ensuring participation of the regional nations, including China and India, to repatriate the Rohingya people to Myanmar.