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The NDF Statement on Ongoing Conflict in Arakan June 26, 2012 Lt. No. 02/06/Head 2012 (1) The National Democratic Front (NDF) is much concerned about the conflict taking place in the entire area of Arakan caused by the rape and murder of a young Arakanese woman, Ma Thida Htway, of Kyaukmaw village in Kyaukpyu District of Arakan, allegedly by 3 Bengali youths. The NDF is equally pained as the Arakanese people, who have lost their relatives and properties. (2) The NDF has been fighting for 36 years for the establishment of a genuine federal union, based on national (ethnic) equality and self-determination. Since its foundation, the NDF has discussed critically at its meetings every issue affecting a state or division in Burma and adopted a position on it. (3) Assuming that its position on the conflict taking place currently in Arakan should be made known to the people at home and in foreign lands, the NDF would like to mention the Decision No. (5) of the 5th NDF Congress’ Central Presidium emergency meeting, held from June 28 to 30, 2005, as follows. The Decision No (5): “Rohingya” is not to be recognized as a nationality. (4) The Arakan State is in contagion with Bangladesh, which has a rapidly expanding population, and India, which has a population of more than a billion. Consequently, there is always entry of illegal immigrants into Arakan State. (5) From the incidents happening frequently in the Arakan State, the NDF has learnt that more illegal immigrants enter especially from Bangladesh (former East Pakistan). It is the firm view of NDF that this is due to lack of correct and exact rule of law, under successive governments of Burma. (6) The NDF therefore would like to firmly point out that it is essential for taking precise and correct action, according to law, against all those involved in the incident taking place in Arakan State and systematically find out the root cause of the problem. (7) The NDF would like to request the government, which has the main duty, other governments and the international community to work for the return of security of life to and rehabilitation of the people of Arakan, who are in distress because of the conflict. (8) In conclusion, the NDF would like to raise the concern earnestly that the various nationalities of the Union, the government in power and the democratic forces bear the responsibility to prevent development of a situation that would cause the reversal of the march toward transition to democracy.
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