|Myanmar Government Spokesperson Zaw Htay|
(News) Myanmar Government Brushes Aside British and EU Nations Calling for Nationwide Ceasefire During the UN Security Council Session
May 17, 2020
Sittway. My 17, 2020
Myanmar Government Spokesperson Zaw Htay slapped British, Germany, French, and EU nations condemning Myanmar for increasing civilian causalities and calling for nationwide ceasefire during the online press conference in Naypaytaw on Mary 16.
He said the ceasefire declaration that the army discussed in advance with the government and the exclusion of Arakan Armyis is done with international standard as the world supper power left ISIS because the government declared AA as terrorist organization.
Myanmar army issued the statement on May 9 and declared ceasefire but excluded Arakan Army in Rakhine State where fighting is escalating and death toll of civilians increasing.
UN Security Council discussed on Rakhine conflict on May 14, in which increase of civilian causalities and massive internal displaced persons in Rakhine State was condemned by British, Germany, French, and several European nations despite China opposed a joint statement.
“The conflict has already led to a spike in national displacement, additional restriction on humanitarian access, and an increased number of civilian casualties,” British said in a statement.
Both British and EU nations called for ‘an immediate, comprehensive and nationwide ceasefire.’
The government spokesperson said Arakan Army and Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army are terrorist organizations in the western part of Myanmar over the attacks on government security forces.
Arakan Army and its alliance declared ceasefire a number of times, but the government slapped it and said ‘unworkable.’
Local human rights organization, Arakan Information Center, documented 266 civilians have been killed, 512 villagers injured, 431 people arrested, and 44 men disappeared since January 2019.
Sittway based Rakhine Ethnic Congress that documents IDPs in Rakhine State reported IDPs reached to 164,211 in April 2020.
Outgoing UN rights expert Miss Yanghee Lee called investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity into the Myanmar army.
Two days after the UN Security Council discussion over the increase of violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar army set fire Lakka village, Mrauk U township, on May 16. Military personals arrested dozens of civilians from the village last April and tortured and killed three villagers in the military custody.