Terrorism main cause of violence in Rakhine – U Thaung Tun

04 June 2018
Terrorism main cause of violence in Rakhine – U Thaung Tun
(File) Myanmar National Security Adviser Thaung Tun listens during the Security Council meeting to discuss the violence in Myanmar at the United Nations in New York September 28, 2017. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government and National Security Advisor U Thaung Tun took part in the Asia Security Summit /The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore from 1 to 3 June, 2018.
According to state media, speaking at the Special Session “The Security and Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State”, he underscored that terrorism was the main cause of the recent outbreak of violence in Rakhine and that the premeditated and brutal killings of village heads and civilians by the self-styled ARSA terrorist group caused the Islamic community and ethnic minorities to flee the area.
He also said “The situation was exacerbated as a result of an unscrupulous propaganda campaign by ARSA. There is no denying that the Islamic community in the Rakhine State has suffered. But the Buddhists Rakhine, Hindu and other ethnic minorities have suffered no less.”