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Jakarta ready to assist Dhaka over Rohingya issue

  • Published at 09:28 pm September 5th, 2017
Jakarta ready to assist Dhaka over Rohingya issue
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Tuesday expressed her country's readiness to help Bangladesh in easing burden on it over Rohingya issue. She said they will continue to discuss with Bangladesh what sort of support Indonesia can provide in this regard. "This humanitarian crisis should be ended," she said in a statement before media in a hotel in Dhaka wrapping up her less than 10-hour visit to Dhaka. Earlier, Retno held meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali.
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The Indonesian minister arrived at 12:10pm by a Thai Airways aircraft and is scheduled to depart at 10pm by a flight of Singapore Airlines. As of now, around 1,23,000 people -- mostly women and children -- entered Bangladesh after the attacks on police and army bases in Rakhine state on August 25 and the Myanmar military began crackdown. The Indonesian minister earlier in December last year also visited Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar and discussed with Bangladesh authorities for finding a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis. Earlier, the Indonesian minister has submitted a proposal to Myanmar named “Formula 4 + 1” for Rakhine State to restore peace and allowing immediate access to humanitarian assistance there. These four elements consist of- i) Restoring stability and security; ii) Maximum restraint and non-violence; iii) Protection to all persons in the Rakhine State, regardless of race and religion; and iv) The importance of immediate access to humanitarian assistance. Retno Marsudi had a meeting with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar's capital on Monday and placed the proposal. "The first four elements are the main elements that must be done immediately so that the crisis of humanity and security does not worsen," explained the Indonesian foreign minister.
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Another element is of importance for the recommendation of the Advisory Panel Report for the Rakhine State headed by Kofi Annan which she suggested implementing immediately. The Indonesian minister at the meeting also expressed the concern and high commitment of Indonesian Humanitarian NGO to Myanmar.