Kyaw Swar Win
December 21, 2012
(Translated into English by M.S. Anwar)
Yangon, Myanmar- UN Special Envoy Mr. Vijay Nambiar visited refugee camps in Arakan, Myanmar from December 16 to December 20. During his trip to Arakan, he was accompanied by U Khin Yi, the Minister for Immigration and Population Affairs of the country.
Even though Mr. Nambiar visited Maung Daw in Arakan, he did not visit Rohingya refugees over there according to the locals of Maung Daw. Although there are only few Rakhine refugees in Maung Daw, government set up some temporary tents with the unemployed and poor Rakhines along the road of HaisshuRate (Alay Than Kyaw)-Maung Daw Highway in order to portray that there are many Rakhines affected by the recent violence. And government showed these unemployed Rakhines to Mr. Nambiar as though they are genuine refugees displaced during the violence.
And then, he visited refugee camps in Akyab (Sittwe) and Mye-bun. He, together with U Khin Yi, held a meeting and discussion with five representatives from Rakhine community and five from Rohingya community respectively. (That meeting was stated by Radio Free Asia (RFA), Burmese Program, as “Five Representatives from Rakhine Community and other Five Representatives from ILLEGAL INVADERS attended the meeting.” RFA used the term ROHINGYA instead of ILLEGAL INVADERS in translating the same news into English. Besides, in the news by RFA, they have written the report as if Mr. Vijay Nambiar has prevented using the term “Rohingya.” However, it is found that the news by RFA is different from the news officially released by UN News Centre. Even the President of the Country, U Thein Sein, himself, has admitted that there were NO Rohingyas (Bengali in his term) entered and settled in Arakan after the independence of the country. Therefore, the staffs of Radio Free Asia (RFA) in Burmese Language Section have become worse extremists than the Myanmar government has. And hence, it has become clearer that they have intentions to create more problems in Arakan. It is really SHAMEFUL for such a World-Famous Media like RFA to make such arbitrary and baseless accusations. However, the accusation was made by the staffs in its Burmese Language Section and they must bear the responsibility for that.)
In the meeting, the representatives of the two communities criticize and blamed each other. Moreover, as to whether to or not to use the term “Rohingya,” Rohingya representatives demanded to hold meetings with internationals scholars and historians to discuss the matter.