Rakhine Political Parties to Meet Over Myanmar Official’s Remarks on Ethnic Army

Rakhine political party said Wednesday that it will hold a meeting in Rakhine state’s capital Sittwe to discuss a warning by a central government spokesman this week against support for the region’s ethnic military force following a deadly attack it conducted on police outposts.The Buddhist Arakan National Party (ANP) has invited other Rakhine-based political parties, civil society organizations, and locals to join in the talks, scheduled for Jan. 12, on remarks by President’s Office spokesman Zaw Htay on Monday cautioning backers of the Arakan Army (AA) to no longer support the insurgent organization, said ANP vice chairperson Aye Nu Sein.Specifically, the ANC has invited the Arakan League for Democracy and ethnic Mro and Daing-net political parties, she said.Participants will also discuss the return home of thousands of civilians displaced by hostilities between the AA and Myanmar government forces that have intensified since December in the rebel army’s quest for greater autonomy for the Rakhine people, as well as prospects for peace in the troubled state.........................


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