Statement by H.E. Ambassador Koro Bessho Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations at the Security Council on Myanmar

Mr. President,
          Japan strongly condemns the attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces and civilians in northern areas of Rakhine State since 25 August. We express sincere condolences to the bereaved families. At the same time, Japan is deeply concerned by the human rights and humanitarian conditions on the ground, the allegations of killings of civilians, and the fact that approximately 500 thousand people have been displaced to Bangladesh since August according to OCHA. We call for the restoration of security in a manner consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights while ensuring transparency throughout their efforts. We also stress the importance of continuous efforts to secure humanitarian access for all affected communities.

          Against this backdrop, Mr. Iwao Horii, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan visited Myanmar last week and conveyed our deep concerns and our position directly to the leaders of the Myanmar Government including the Military. He also visited Bangladesh yesterday and exchanged views on this issue with the Government of Bangladesh.
          Japan commends the dedicated efforts by Bangladesh in responding to the humanitarian aspects of the current situation. Japan has been providing humanitarian assistance for displaced persons in Rakhine State and in Bangladesh. Furthermore, as Foreign Minister Kono pledged last week, Japan has decided to provide up to 4 million USD in emergency assistance for those affected by recent incidents in Myanmar and the people who have fled to Bangladesh.
          Japan is encouraged by the commitment expressed by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 19 September to an early implementation of the final recommendations by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State to achieve lasting peace and prosperity. Japan also welcomes her commitment to take action against all people regardless of their religion, race and political position, who go against the law of the land and violate human rights.
          What is important is prompt action. We take note of the announcement to establish the Implementation Committee of Rakhine Advisory Commission. Japan will support the efforts by the Government of Myanmar to address the human rights and humanitarian conditions on the ground.
I thank you, Mr. President.