No excuse for violence against innocent people: US PresidentUS President Barack Obama visited to Burma yesterday and used a historic speech in Burma to urge an end to sectarian unrest in the western state of Arakan (Rakhine), saying there was “no excuse for violence against innocent people”.
“National reconciliation will take time, but for the sake of our common humanity, and for the sake of this country’s future, it is necessary to stop the incitement and to stop violence.”
“I shared with President Thein Sein, our belief that the process of reform that he is taking is one that will move this country forward,” Obama told reporters, with Thein Sein at his side.
“I recognize that this is just the first steps on what will be a long journey, but we think that a process of democratic reform and economic reform here in Myanmar … can lead to incredible development opportunities here,” Obama said, using the country name preferred by the government and former junta, rather than Burma, which is used in the United States.”
Similarly, the President also met with Suu Kyi at the lakeside villa where she spent years under house arrest for her pro-democracy activism. Obama called the meeting a new chapter between the two countries.
“Here, through so many difficult years, is where she has displayed such unbreakable courage and determination,” Obama told reporters, standing next to Suu Kyi. “It is here where she showed that human freedom and human dignity cannot be denied.”
Regarding the US President Barack Obama’s visit to Burma yesterday, the Rakhine people are very angry and torched a Rohingya village named Alora Dil village under Horsara (Zawmatet) villagew tract of Maungdaw south yesterday at around 8 pm. Nine houses were burned down into ashes by local Natala ( new settlers) villagers with the help of Nasaka ( Burma’s border security force), said a local elder on condition of anonymity.
As regards the matter, today, the Nasaka Director Col Aung Naing Oo (Rakhine) went to the spot and compelled to say the local villagers that “the local villagers, they themselves torched the village.”
The Director also held a meeting in Maungdaw Town today in Township Administration Office inviting local officers and elders. In the meeting, he told that the local villagers, they themselves torched their village and accusing the security forces and local Natala villagers.
Besides, the Nasaka force is trying to arrest the local villagers to take signatures from them on blank whitepapers that admitting those (villagers) themselves torched the village. But villagers refused to give signatures.