Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Statement by the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
on today’s attacks in Rakhine State
25 August 2017
I strongly condemn today’s brutal attacks by terrorists on security forces in Rakhine State.
I would like to commend the members of the police and security forces who have acted with great courage in the face of many challenges. My thoughts are with the members of the police and security forces who have lost their lives, and their families, friends and colleagues.
The government had been aware of the risk of attacks to coincide with the release of the Commission’s final report yesterday and had issued instruction to relevant Union Ministers.
It is clear that today’s attacks are a calculated attempt to undermine the efforts of those seeking to build peace and harmony in Rakhine State. We must not allow our work to be derailed by the violent actions of extremists.
The government remains firm in its commitment to finding meaningful and lasting solutions to the issues in Rakhine. I welcome the constructive approach taken by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State in their final report yesterday.
I welcome also the strong condemnation of the attacks today by the Commission’s Chairman, Dr. Kofi Annan.