Myanmar crisis: Urgent need for peace led by neighbouring countries

Myanmar crisis: Urgent need for peace led by neighbouring countries

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Ominously, various forms of ethno-nationalism inspired by “blood and soil” racist ideologies are taking root. In particular, the AA has allegedly committed ethnically motivated violence and arson targeting survivors of the Rohingya genocide.

This ominous development prompted former US Ambassador to Myanmar Scott Marcel – one of the most vocal supporters of the armed resistance in Myanmar – to express his concerns to Reuters on May 27.

“Situation [in Rakhine] “This is incredibly frightening and dangerous … In some ways, this is an early test of whether a Rakhine state with significant autonomy can function after military rule,” Marcil said.

Internationally, a once rosy view of Western actors – those most vocal in their support of resistance forces, peacemakers and promoters of democracy, human rights and the rule of law – has faded.

These are the people who are collectively responsible for the ongoing genocide perpetrated by Israel in Gaza and for fuelling the Ukraine-Russia war in Eastern Europe.

Against this backdrop, it is imperative that the people of Myanmar muster the political courage to say that we need help from our neighbours. We are linked to them geographically, economically, culturally and historically, for better or for worse.

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