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Modi gives call to respect Myanmar’s integrity

India shares the Myanmar’s concern over extremist violence in the Rakhine state and asked all stakeholders to preserve the country’s unity and territorial integrity.

Prime minister Narendra Modi who is on his first bilateral visit to Myanmar held wide-ranging talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the two leaders also vowed to combat terror and boost security cooperation.

What the Indian Prime minister said:

  • It was important to maintain the security and stability of land and maritime boundaries between the two countries
  • For finding solution to a special issue, we hope that all stakeholders can work together, while respecting the unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar, which ensures peace, justice and dignity for all
  • The remarks of the Prime minister came a day after Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said Rohingyas are illegal immigrants, will be deported from India and nobody should preach India on the issue as the country has absorbed the maximum number of refugees in the world

Understanding the Current Crisis in Myanmar:

  • Myanmar is facing international pressure over the 1,25,000 Rohingya Muslims who have poured into Bangladesh in just two weeks after Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown in Rakhine state
  • According to the United Nations, Rohingya are a religious and linguistic minority from western Myanmar. It even describes them as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world
  • The Burmese government considers them relatively recent migrants from the Indian sub-continent. As a result, the country's constitution does not include them among indigenous groups qualifying for citizenship
  • Historically, the Rakhine majority has resented the presence of Rohingyas, who they view as Muslim people from another country. There is widespread public hostility towards the Rohingya in Myanmar
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