Flag meeting between Nasaka, the border security force of Burma and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)

Dhaka: A commander level flag meeting between Nasaka, the border security force of Burma and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and was concluded on Tuesday with an agreement to restore a peaceful atmosphere on the Burma – Bangladesh border, said a Narinjara correspondent from Cox’s Bazar.

“They discussed normal issues, not any strange things. Then both sides discussed the issues of the Muslim influx from Burma, Yaba and smuggling protection. Both sides agreed to restore peaceful atmosphere on border,” he said.

The two hour flag meeting was held at the Ghundum government Primary School in Naikkongchhori Township of Bangladesh, opposite the small Burmese town Taungbro located along the Bangladesh Burma border on Tuesday afternoon.

In the meeting Col Mohammad Khalequzzaman led an 11-member Bangladesh team while Wanna Zaw, deputy director of NASAKA, led a 13-member Myanmar team.

Nasaka and BGB agreed to meet at least once a month.

During the meeting Nasaka informed BGB that the Burmese authority is arranging to hand over 238 recently released Bangladeshi prisoners from Sittwe under the last presidential amnesty, to Bangladesh authorities.


Burma-Myanmar:People militia training for the native minorities residents in Maungdaw

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Maungdaw: The local authorities are now conducting people militia training for the native minorities who include the nationalities of Arakanese, Mro, Dainak and Thet, etc, in Maungdaw, a border township in Arakan State, aiming to empower the people to safeguard their own villages in the area.

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300 villagers from 30 villages in northern Maungdaw Township are said to be attending the militia training being conducted in the Burmese border security force Nasaka Area (04).

While speaking to Narinjara, a Buddhist monk from nearby Village said, “The training was started on September 8 in the station of Nasaka Area (04) and is still going on. 300 villagers—10 people from each village in our area—are now taking the training. But I don’t know exactly about the training period.”

A trainee from Nanthartaung Village also said they are trained by the officers of Army and Nasaka.

“We are taking military combat training everyday from 9 am to 4 pm with an hour break for lunch. We are taking this training so that we can safeguard the security of our own villages by ourselves”, said the trainee.

He said he and other trainees from Nanthartaung Village are also serving for their village sentry along with their fellow villagers every night after coming back from the training.

He added that the military officers have told them in the training that 10 guns will be provided for a village after completing their training.

A villager from Mawrawady Village in southern Maungdaw also said the training is being conducted for the villagers in their area as well.

“The training here started on 17th of September. 10 villagers from each village have to attend the training everyday from 7 am to 4 pm with a break of one and half hours. The trainers are from the LIB (352) and the police force. The training period here is one month”, said the villager who is also taking the training.

He said the people militia trainings are now being conducted not only for the Arakanese villagers but also for other minority villagers in their township.


The world being threaten by Bengali Rohingya terrorist in the western part of Myanmar-CNN i REPORT

June 2012     Dozens of Rakhine people were killed amidst the Rohingya terrorist attacks in border town of Maungdaw in Rakhine State, the western part of Myanmar on Friday. Due to the violence, hundreds of houses and buildings were burnt down by mobs. The death toll in the incident has reached 20 to 30 until the night of 8 June and the injured persons nearby villages of Maundaw Township have been taken to Maungdaw hospital. The onset of the violence on 8 June was that the Rohingya Muslims who returned from the mosque yesterday afternoon started throwing the stones to the Rakhine houses and buildings in Maungdaw Township, according to the Eleven Media reporter whose house was also blazed amidst the violence.
As the riots could not be controlled, the police forces took security measures in the town where Muslims are majority and Rakhine people are minority. Rohingya mobs were setting fire on the nearby villages of Rakhine ethnics, said a Buddhist monk who resides in Maungdaw Township.
Due to these unrests, the State-owned media aired the announcement of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Curfew) which states people are not to go outside between 18:00 pm and 06:00 am in Maungdaw and Buthedaung townships. In contrary to the reporting of foreign media, the army did not fire at the mobs, but just warning shots to the riot to help the security measures of police forces.Among the more than 60 videotapes that the American cable television network CNN obtained from al-Qaeda’s archives in Afghanistan in August this year, one marked “Burma” (Myanmar) purports to show Muslim “allies” training in that country. While the group shown, the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO), was founded by Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s Rakhine State and claims to be fighting for autonomy or independence for its people, the tape was, in fact, shot in Bangladesh.
The RSO, and other Rohingya factions, have never had any camps inside Myanmar, only across the border in Bangladesh. The camp in the video is located near the town of Ukhia, southeast of Cox’s Bazaar, and not all of the RSO’s “fighters” are Rohingyas from Myanmar.  Continue reading “The world being threaten by Bengali Rohingya terrorist in the western part of Myanmar-CNN i REPORT”

Burma_Myanmar: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) $25 million for Rohingya and Rakhine

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has collected around US$25 million in funds during the second consultative meeting on humanitarian aid in Doha, Qatar on Friday for victims of the Rohingya-Rakhine conflict in Myanmar. The funds will be used for rehabilitation and reconstruction in the areas affected by the conflict.

Leaders of the humanitarian institution collected about $15 million, while the remaining $10 million was obtained from other OIC members who had committed their financial help before the meeting.

OIC deputy secretary-general Atta El-Manan Bakhit said he believed the funds would increase. “The large, rich countries haven’t donated yet,” he said.

OIC members, including Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates pledged to give between $50 million and $100 million during the first consultative meeting in Malaysia last August.

Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) chairman Jusuf Kalla, who attended the second meeting, said in his presentation that the OIC members needed to focus and take a definite step to resolve the conflict and avoid long discussions over data and action plans.

“The longer we delay, the greater our challenge will be. The Rohingya and Rakhine people will also suffer for longer,” he said.

Kalla asked the forum to decide three things in resolving the conflict: finalizing the action plan, collecting funds and establishing the system and organization to execute the plan.

Members at the second consultative meeting eventually agreed to form a consortium to speed up the rehabilitation of areas affected by the conflict.

The OIC will also collaborate with the PMI to open a representative office in Myanmar after both organizations signed an agreement letter with the Myanmar government and Myanmar Red Cross to pave the way for volunteers in the mission.

According to the Myanmar government, victims need at least 8,000 homes — each one costing $5,000. A further $50 million to $100 million in funds will also be needed to rebuild houses, educational and health facilities, sanitation and other infrastructure in areas such as Buthidaung, Maungdaw and Sittwe in Rakhine province.

Recent tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed. Around 70 thousand people are still living in refugee camps. (cor)   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/10/05/oic-collects-25-million-rohingya-and-rakhine.html