YANGON Wholesale Jonathan Isaac Jersey , Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Myanmar government has responded to the recommendations of a final report of its own appointed Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, saying that it would set out a full roadmap soon for implementing the recommendations.
The statement of the Office of the State Counselor came shortly after the commission, chaired by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, submitted its final report to President U Htin Kyaw and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi over the last two days.
As an immediate step, the government said it will establish a new ministerial-led committee, supported by a new advisory board on Rakhine state involving international experts and local nationals, for overseeing delivery and reporting regularly on its progress.
The statement recounted that a number of recommendations with regard to healthcare access, creation of job opportunities and infrastructural construction has been implemented in accordance with the commission's August interim report, while working to promote religious harmony and communal relations.
The statement also said the government is developing a strategy and timeline to move forward the national verification process and close internally displaced camps in the state, of which three camps have been closed.
In cooperation with the European Union and the United Nations, the government is working for capacity building for police and security forces in the areas of human rights, child protection and gender-based violence.
However, the statement pointed out that a resurgence of violence in recent weeks was seen with troubling signs of external interference aimed at aggravating an already difficult situation.
Welcoming the recommendations for meaningful and long-term solution, the statement pledged to give the report full consideration with a view to carrying out the recommendations to the fullest extent and within the shortest timeframe possible in line with the situation on the ground.
Annan arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday to present the final report to the government, titled "Towards a Peaceful, Fair and Prosperous Future for the People of Rakhine," after visiting Rakhine state late last year as his latest trip.
The report recommends urgent and sustained action on a number of fronts to prevent violence, maintain peace, foster reconciliation and offer a sense of hope to the state's hard-pressed population.
The report puts forward recommendations to surmount the political, socio-economic and humanitarian challenges that currently face Rakhine state.
The recommendations called for concerted action to prevent further deepening of the chronic poverty that afflicts Rakhine state in the wake of risk of the return of another cycle of violence and radicalization.
The commission called on the government to ensure freedom of movement for all people irrespective of religion, ethnicity or citizenship status.
The report recommends that complaints regarding the verification process should be addressed swiftly by a government authority independent of the institutions which are responsible for the process, urging the community concerned to work with the government in the process.
The report stresses the need for an inclusive dialogue that builds trust among the communities of Rakhine state which he said is the foundation of the lasting progress.
Noting that tension between the government and the international community over Rakhine-related issues remain high and risk becoming worse, Annan held that it should not become a stand-off, pointing out the possibility to build a bridge to mutual trust and cooperation.
The report also provides recommendations on border security and bilateral cooperation with Bangladesh, including the pressing challenges of drug trafficking.
Annan's nine-member advisory commission was formed by the Myanmar government in August 2016 with the aim of resolving the protracted Rakhine regional issue.
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DAR ES SALAAM, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) said on Thursday the east African nation has recorded reductions in HIVAIDS infections from 72,000 in 2013 to 48,000 in 2015.
"Despite the declining infection rates in the country, 40 percent of new infections are the youth aged between 15 and 24," Leonard Maboko, TACAIDS Director General, told the Parliamentary Committee on AIDS in the political capital Dodoma.
"There is a small decline in new HIVAIDS infections in the country and deaths related to the disease have also been reduced mainly due to use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs," he added.
Maboko, who was briefing members of the Parliamentary Committee on AIDS responsibilities of the commission and the recently established AIDS Fund, also noted that as at now the situation was not good since the Commission depended entirely on donor funding forcing TACAIDS not to perform its duties properly.
"We depend on donors by 97 percent to fund our activities and the government contribution is merely three percent," said Maboko.
He said the fund will help to improve provision of services like purchase of the ARV drugs which cost a lot of money.
Maboko said HIVAIDS was just like other diseases that derailed national development, urging the government to put in place strategies aimed at reducing