Terrorists are active under the influence of powerful forces: Myanmar

Myanmar State Adviser Aung San Suu Kyi (Photo: AP)

Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has called for global cooperation in the fight against terrorism. He complained that the terrorists were still active because some powerful forces were still supporting them.

Although Myanmar’s senior general, Min Aung, did not name any specific forces, observers said he had indicated that some rebel groups in Myanmar were receiving support from China.

The head of Myanmar’s armed forces made the allegation while attending Russia’s 75th Independence Day celebrations. Myanmar’s military maintains close ties with Russia and buys a variety of goods from Russia.

Russia took part in the event and discussed a number of issues with the country’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. At the time, they expressed their determination to work together to strengthen bilateral relations and maintain security at the border.

In response to a question from a Russian state news agency about terrorism, the Myanmar army chief said a country is capable of taking effective action against all forms of terrorism on its soil. However, when those militant groups are backed by a major power, it becomes difficult for any country alone to fight them and succeed.

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Myanmar’s military spokesman, Brigadier General Zhao Min-tun, was quoted in a report in the country’s top English newspaper as saying that the Arakan Army (AA) and the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) were among the terrorist organizations in the country. Myanmar considers these two organizations as the country’s top terrorist groups.

Source: Economics Times