A delegation headed by former Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla was greeted by the Myanmar government in order witness the reported conflict between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists within the Rakhine area. The group met with the Myanmar President, Thein Sein, and his associated at the Presidential Palace in Myanmar on Friday
According to Kalla, the Myanmar government was really upset over the issue stating the issue was misinterpreted by the media. “Although the clashes later formed the basis of religious confrontation, they initially sparked over an ethnic issue,” stated the Myanmar government officials while briefing the delegation.
According to the Myanmar government the clashes were triggered as a result of some criminal activities committed by local residents which later formed the basis of communal conflict, stated Kalla.
Although thousands of individuals have been displaced from the Rakhine area, exact figures indicating the number of casualties are still unknown.
According to Kalla, the Myanmar government had invited the international community in order to witness the issue and hence the delegation paid the visit to the affected area.
According to Aung San Suu Kyi the media has portrayed them of doing nothing although the Myanmar government was fully co-operating with the international community and the United Nations to display their transparency and working towards resolving the issue.
Besides Jusuf Kalla, the delegation visiting Myanmar comprised of Organization of Islamic Conference Secretary General assistant Atta Abdul Manna, Ambassador Sebastianus Sumarno and former Indonesian envoy to Russia, Hamid Awaludin.