February 1, 2012 (#BA001/13)
NORTH AMERICAN ROHINGYA COMMUNITY CONGRATULATES U.S. SECRETARY OF STATES JOHN F. KERRY
On behalf of the Rohingya community in the United States and Canada, the Burmese Rohingya Association of North America wholeheartedly congratulates Senator John F. Kerry on the recent confirmation as the 68th Secretary of State at the U.S. Senate.
The Rohingya community in North America expresses its deepest gratitude to Secretary Kerry for his persistent efforts to help address the plights of Rohingya people in Burma/Myanmar along with the Rohingya refugee issues in Bangladesh during his tenure as the Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations. Rohingya people are grateful to the team of Senator Kerry at the Foreign Relations Committee for their dedication to the Rohingya issues, and BRANA is looking forward to work with the team to further advance the cause of Rohingya political and human rights in Burma.
BRANA has long maintained a strong working relationship with the U.S State Department under the leadership of former Secretary of States Hillary Rodham Clinton, and is looking forward to continue to work with the Burma team under the leadership of the Secretary Kerry. BRANA appeals to Secretary Kerry to continue to keep Rohingya citizenship, human rights, and ethnic minority issues as its top priorities on U.S. policies on Burma. BRANA believes that peace, stability, and communal harmony in Arakan/Rakhine state in Burma is achievable with the concerted efforts of the international community.