ASEAN heeds concerns for the Rohingya

We will keep our eyes and ears on the plight of these unfortunate people.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The ASEAN Secretary-General, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan concerned over violence occurring against Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar, according to a press release from the ASEAN News received by ANTARA, Sunday.

This week in Phnom Penh, Pitsuwan raised the issue of Rohingya directly with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar U Wunna Maung Lwin and Bangladesh Dipu Moni.

The two foreign ministers have promised to cooperate and will keep ASEAN informed.

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers back in July 2009 had tasked the ASEAN Secretariat to monitor the situation of Rohingya and keep them updated. Moreover, the ASEAN Secretary-General has been following the status.

Pitsuwan said that he appreciates the concern of the ASEAN people for the sufferings of the Rohingyas, who are migrant workers in many of the ASEAN Member States.

Rohingya is an ethnic group, who are predominantly Muslim and live in northern Rakhine region in West Myanmar. Muslim Rohingyas have been experiencing hardship and pressure in their country for a long time.

"We will keep our eyes and ears on the plight of these unfortunate people," the Secretary-General of ASEAN said.