Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Will a Second Visit Also be Whitewashed?

As I said to Dr Uddin of the Pennsylvania-based Arakan Rohingya Union, I hope they didn’t pretty things up for this second OIC visit as well.  He'd received first-hand reports of the Buddhist-led government officials painting and repairing mosques before the arrival of internationals, then taking them to those specific locations to show what nice places the Muslim minority had at their disposal.


Former RI VP joins Myanmar Peace Process

M. Taufiqurrahman, The Jakarta Post, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar | World | Mon, September 10 2012, 6:21 PM

Chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), former vice president Jusuf Kalla traveled to Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar, on Monday, to join talks on finding peaceful solutions to the long-standing civil conflict in the country.

In the forum, Kalla shared some of the lessons learned from the Indonesian experience in striking a peace deal in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.

“We told the Myanmarese government that the most important issue in the negotiation with insurgent groups is that the groups need to leave the past behind and start talking about future plans. A peace negotiation is about building a future and not history,” Kalla said after the meeting.


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