We would like to first extend deep thanks to the Special Advisor for his robust efforts to support the government and people of Myanmar/ Burma in the historic transformation to democracy and in extending support to the ongoing peace process.
We welcome the Secretary General’s report published in August, which recognizes the progress that has been achieved following the landmark 2015 elections and the establishment of the new civilian government, including the release of political prisoners in April 2016, signature of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in October 2015 and the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in September this year.
Notwithstanding these positive developments, the report comprehensively delineates the challenges that still need to be addressed such as the continuing discrimination of minorities, especially Rohingyas, non-signature of the ceasefire agreement by some armed groups, on-going displacement of communities in several areas of the country and the insufficient inclusion of women in the peace process, which are points of concern to the EU and its member states.
May I ask the Special Advisor to further elaborate on following issues:
(1) In the view of Secretary General’s invitation to review the continuation of the good offices in Myanmar/Burma, what role does the Special Advisor foresee for the United Nations in sustained support to the democratic transformation in the country?
(2) We welcome the recent establishment of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine state, chaired by the former United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan. In your view, what are the most important steps that the Commission should take to effectively contribute to a sustainable solution in Rakhine state?
(3) In your report, you touch upon the issue of women’s involvement in the peace-process. How can the international community best support the government in its efforts to ensure more inclusive approach to peace-building?
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