Monday, January 21, 2013

Iran stakes claim in Rohingya affair

Monday, 21 January 2013 12:00 Mizzima News

An agreement has been reached between an Iranian parliamentary delegation and Burmese officials to set up a refugee camp in Rakhine State exclusively for thousands of Rohingya Muslims, Iran’s media reported this weekend, citing the country’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Deputy Chairman Mansour Haqiqatpour.

Haqiqatpour reportedly said on Saturday that, in addition, Tehran intends submitting a plan aimed at ending the sectarian violence which has plagued Rakhine State for the past year and for “restoring the social rights of the Muslim community.”

The announcement came days after an Iranian parliamentary delegation visited Burma, officially known as Myanmar, to examine the Rohingyas’ living conditions.

According to Press TV, the Iranian lawmakers were accompanied by Foreign Ministry officials, representatives of the country’s Red Crescent Society, and members of the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee.

The Iranian delegation was on hand in Rakhine capital Sittwe to witness the arrival and distribution of humanitarian aid to Rohingya IDPs. Supplies included tents, blankets and foodstuffs, Press TV reported.

Meanwhile on Saturday, a spokesman for Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Seyyed Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini, said Tehran and Naypyitaw are making preparations for the opening of an Iranian Embassy in Burma, according to another report in Press TV.

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