UN Chief Condemns Attacks on Myanmar Security Forces

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

The UN Secretary-General has condemned the attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine State.

He extended his condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. He hoped those responsible for this violence will be swiftly brought to justice.

“The Secretary-General has been closely following developments in Rakhine State and is concerned over the escalating tensions in the region,” said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General in a statement issued Friday.

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The statement added that the UN Chief reiterates the importance of addressing the root causes of violence, in particular issues related to identity and citizenship, and reducing inter-communal tensions. He urged all the communities in Rakhine State to choose the path of peace.

According to the statement, the Secretary-General stresses that, while taking the necessary measures to curb attacks by criminal elements in the region, the security forces must protect civilians at all times, in line with international humanitarian and human rights law.

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