Kofi Annan to head advisory commission to solve communal violence in Rakhine

Naypyidaw, Aug. 25 : Former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan will head the advisory commission aimed at finding a long-term solution to solve the communal violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar.

The State Counsellor's Office said yesterday that it would sign an MoU with the Kofi Annan Foundation soon, reports the Myanmar Times.

The advisory commission is composed of three international experts - including Kofi Annan - and six Myanmar nationals, including Myanmar National Human Rights Commission chair U Win Mra and representatives from the Buddhist and Muslim communities.

The commission is tasked with finding preventive measures for conflicts, ensuring humanitarian assistance, rights and reconciliation, establishing basic infrastructure and promoting development plans in the state.

It will submit its findings to the government through the state counsellor and will release that report to the public within one year.

The Rakhine State has been tensed after violence erupted between the Buddhist and Muslim communities there in 2012, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of residents, the displacement of hundreds of thousands and the destruction of infrastructure.

Since then, anti-Muslim sentiment has been widespread across the country..

Source: ANI