Myanmar forms civilian protection organ for Rakhine state

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-12 23:34:35|Editor: yan
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This photo taken on September 5, 2017 showsRohingya Muslimrefugees from Myanmar arriving at a new camp in Unchiprang near the Bangladeshi border town of Teknaf.Within days the 15,000 new arrivals had stripped bare the countryside at Unchiprang, near the border town of Teknaf, transforming the once lush and sparsely inhabited hillsides into a sprawling tent city. (AFP Photo)

YANGON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Myanmar government has formed an Implementation Committee of Rakhine Advisory Committee with 15 members representing related ministries, according to a statement from the President Office on Tuesday.

The committee is established to implement the recommendations of the final report of the Advisory Commission, led by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and the Maungtaw Investigation Commission.

The committee is responsible to take measures to avoid harming of innocent civilians during carrying out their legitimate duty to restore stability in Rakhine state.

The committee is also tasked to actively carry out certain security operations and address economic and social issues in the region.

Moreover, the committee will make efforts to maintain sustainability of ethnic villages and to remove IDP camps.

It will also offer accomodation and create job opportunities for local people for the development in the region.

Humanitarian assistance provided by the organizations from home and abroad will be handed over to all displaced inhabitants without discrimination by the committee, said the statement.

Terrorists launched fresh attacks on police outposts in Rakhine on Aug. 25, displacing residents from a number of areas in Maungtaw district to border areas for refuge and camping along the Myanmar side of the border with Bangladesh.

A total of 59 villages and 6,842 houses were burnt down by terrorists with eight bridges destroyed by planted mines, according to reports.

Meanwhile, 371 terrorists have so far been killed in clashes with the security forces.