US Embassy’s Statement on the Recent Events in Rakhine State


The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned about recent events in Rakhine State.  We were saddened by the news about those who tragically lost their lives after a boat capsized near Thae Chaung in Sittwe Township on April 19 and we extend our condolences to the families of the victims, who local reports state were from the Rohingya community.   Restrictions on access to markets, livelihoods, and other basic services in Rakhine State can lead to communities unnecessarily risking their lives in an attempt to improve their quality of life.  We are also concerned by the escalation of military action between the Myanmar armed forces and the Arakan Army, reported allegations of abuses against civilians, and the loss of life.  We offer condolences to the families who have suffered from this conflict and call on all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from further fighting, which puts civilian populations at risk.  We welcome the Government of Myanmar’s stated commitment to improve conditions for all people in Rakhine State and promote reconciliation, peace, and stability.  We will work closely with the government, international community, and people of Myanmar to achieve this goal.