Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres agreed to continue efforts to resolve the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar, during a bilateral meeting at the Asean Summit in Manila on Monday (13/11).
"If the crisis remains unresolved, it will affect the region’s stability and security. A continued crisis will also result in radicalism and increased threats of terrorism," Jokowi said, as quoted in a statement issued by the Presidential Office Press Bureau.
More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh from Rakhine State following an outbreak of violence in late August, when Rohingya militants attacked police posts, resulting in a crackdown from Myanmar security forces.
At the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit, Jokowi urged the Myanmar government to quickly and fully implement the recommendations of the advisory commission on Rakhine State chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
The president also urged Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to fulfill promises she made during her national address in September, in which she vowed to begin a verification process to repatriate those who have fled the country.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that Jokowi emphasized the importance of finalizing a memorandum of understanding on repatriation with Bangladesh, which is reportedly still being discussed.
"This MoU is extremely important for the process that comes next," Retno said in a video viewed by the Jakarta Globe.