AIPA to Discuss Resolution of Rohingya Crisis

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB -

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi (right) and Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister AM Fachir (left) are seen preparing to attend a work meeting with the House´s Commission I at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (11/9). The work meeting was held to discuss the result of Foreign Affairs Minister´s diplomacy to Myanmar and Bangladesh about the resolution to Rohingya crisis. (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The House’s Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Body (BKSAP) will discuss the resolution to Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Rakhine, Myanmar in the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). The assembly will be held on September 15-19, 2017 in the Philippines.

Chairman of BKSAP, Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, said that humanitarian crisis in Myanmar must be stopped. "Therefore, in the resolution that will be discussed, the House asks AIPA to form an ad hoc team from the parliament members of ASEAN countries," Nurhayai said after meeting the representatives of UNHCR Indonesia, Thomas Vargas, at the Parliament Building, Senayan, Jakarta, Tuesday (12/9), as quoted from

Nurhayati asserts that the team will act proactively in urging the Myanmar government to stop violence against Rohingya ethnic group in Rakhine. "So, that’s the resolution that we’ll fight for, and it will be led by Deputy Chairman of the House, Fadli Zon," Nurhayati said.

Besides that, Nurhayati as the President of International Humanitarian law will encourage all state parliaments that are affiliated in IPU to help to resolve ethnic cleansing against Rohingya people. According to Nurhayati, Indonesia is worried that the conflict will turn into a regional conflict if it were not stopped.

"Don’t just consider that the conflict is just Myanmar’s conflict. Therefore, although they’re far and not directly involved, all state parliaments must help to resolve the issue. They must think, providing assistance and take preventive action to stop crime against humanity from repeating," Nurhayati asserted.

Nurhayati added that the House’s BKSAP and UNHCR will visit Bangladesh soon to check the condition in the place of refuge. "Insya Allah, we will visit the refugees in Bangladesh. We know that the UN has stated that the incident in Myanmar is ethnic cleansing, which means that it mustn’t be ignored," she stated. (mag)