President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed his hope that situation in Rakhine State, Myanmar, could significantly improve and soon be normal again.
"I am sure that all of use here hope to see situation in Rakhine State to be back to normal again soon," Jokowi said while speaking in the plenary session of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday.
The ASEAN Leaders supported efforts for voluntarily, safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine State, according to a statement issued by the Presidential Secretariat's Press, Media and Information Bureau. Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi told the press following the plenary session attended by ASEAN Leaders that President Jokowi offered several views and suggestions for solutions of Rohingya humanitarian crisis.
Firstly, dialogs with representatives of Rohingya refugees currently being accommodated in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, should be continued, Jokowi said.
"Because with dialogs and communication, there would be trust. And trust is crucial for preparations for voluntarily, safe and dignified repatriation," Retno Marsudi remarked.
Secondly, Indonesia fully supported a proposal to establish an ad-hoc task force at the ASEAN Secretariat to focus on monitoring the implementation of the Preliminary Needs Assessment (PNA) team's recommendations, she added.
Thirdly, Indonesia hopes for the implementation of priority projects and activities as part of the PNA recommendations agreed during the 2nd Technical Working Group between ASEAN and Myanmar last October. (ANTARA)