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Indonesian stance in settling the humanitarian tragedy of the Rohingyas

The Rohingya conflict in Rakhine state, Myanmar has been getting worse over the past few days. The death toll is rising as armed clashes between soldiers and Rohingya militants continue. The violence has also caused thousands of Rohingya Muslims to worry and escape to the Bangladesh border. The humanitarian tragedy of the Rohingyas has attracted the attention of the world community, including Indonesia. As one of the neighboring countries which is also incorporated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations -ASEAN, Indonesia is obliged to help reduce the conflict that has killed nearly 400 people during the past week. In his press statement at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Sunday, September 3, 2017, President Joko Widodo said that the Rohingya issue needs to be ended soon, not just a statement of condemnation but through concrete action. The government of Indonesia is committed to resolving the humanitarian crisis and has sent aids for the Rohingnyas.

In January and February, the Indonesian government sent 10 containers of food and medicine. President Joko Widodo also said that this week, the Indonesian government will send more medical aids. In addition, it will also provide other assistance such as building schools in Rakhine. Even in October, a hospital will also be built in Rakhine. So far, Indonesia has also accommodated some Rohingya refugees and provided the best assistance.

In diplomacy, to resolve the Rohingnya conflict, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has sent Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi to leave for Myanmar. The aim is to ask the Myanmarese government to immediately stop and prevent violence, to provide protection for all citizens, including Muslims in Myanmar and to provide access to humanitarian aid. President Joko Widodo has also assigned the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Ambassadors of Indonesia to establish intensive communication with various parties, including with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guteres and a special commission advisor for Rakhine State, Kofi Annan.

The Indonesian government's stance in resolving the Rohingya conflict should be supported by all Indonesians. The Indonesian government puts forward more concrete action by sending humanitarian aids and diplomacy by sending Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi to Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya conflict rather than merely criticizing and protesting by severing diplomatic relations with Myanmar, for example. Hopefully, Indonesian efforts and stances in resolving the Rohingya conflict can run as expected. So, peace in Rakhine state will soon be created, which will ultimately affect the peace in the ASEAN region.

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