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India refuses to join declaration of international meet against Myanmar

An Indian parliamentary delegation, led by Speaker Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, dissociated itself from the 'Bali Declaration' adopted at the ‘World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development’ held in Indonesia.

By: PTI | Nusa Dua | Published: September 8, 2017 12:18 am
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In a show of solidarity with Myanmar, India on Thursday refused to be a part of a declaration adopted at an international conference in Nusa Dua as it carried “inappropriate” reference to violence in Rakhine state from where 125,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.

An Indian parliamentary delegation, led by Speaker Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, dissociated itself from the ‘Bali Declaration’ adopted at the ‘World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development’ held in Indonesia. “This was in view of the fact that the declaration, which was to be adopted at the conclusion of the Forum, was not in line with the agreed global principles of ‘sustainable development’,” said a press release issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

India reiterated its stance that the purpose of convening the Parliamentary forum was to arrive at mutual consensus for implementation of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) which requires inclusive and broad-based development processes, it said. “Therefore, the proposed reference to the violence in Rakhine state in the declaration was considered as not consensus-based and inappropriate,” the release said.

The part of the declaration to which India objected spoke of the forum expressing “deep concern on ongoing violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, amongst others…”

The declaration went on to “call on all parties to contribute to the restoration of stability and security, exercise maximum self-restraint from using violent means, respect the human rights of all people in Rakhine State regardless of their faith and ethnicity, as well as facilitate and guarantee safe access for humanitarian assistance.”

The Indian delegation took the stance on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his visit to Myanmar where he expressed solidarity with the government there against the “extremist violence” in the Rakhine state.

PM Modi on Wednesday urged all stakeholders to find a solution that respects the country’s unity. “The country-specific amendment to the draft declaration was proposed at the eleventh hour by selective countries which referred to the violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

“India argued that specifying a particular country is unjustified as this Forum is focussed on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and inclusive development for all countries based on cooperative and collaborative approach to achieve the 2030 Agenda for the world,” the press release said.

India said, “Never before ‘country-specific’ issues have been included in the declaration as these dilute the objective of these Forums which require unity and focussed efforts of all the countries,” the release said.

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    lookman
    Sep 9, 2017 at 1:52 am
    JUSTICE and HUMANITY demand that the ROHINGAYA MUSLIMS SHOULD BE ABSORBED BY PAKISTAN and the other 57 Muslim countries They should not be thrust on others to disturb their peace.
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      M. AHMAD
      Sep 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm
      AND WHO WILL JOIN WITH INDIA WHEN CRY FOR TERRORISM.
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        M. AHMAD
        Sep 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm
        INDIA MIGHT SUFFER IN THE LONG RUN DUE TO COMMUNAL POLICY OF RSS/ BJP GOVERNMENT IN INTERNATIONAL ARENA .
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          M. AHMAD
          Sep 8, 2017 at 5:04 pm
          INDIAN GOVERNMENT LED BY COMMUNAL RSS / BJP WANT TO CLOSE THEIR EYES ON THE ISSUE OF GENOCIDE OF ROHINGYA MUSLIMS. EARLIER INDIAN GOVERNMENT WAS ON THE FORE FRONT TO CHAMPION THE CAUSE OF PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM COMMUNAL AND HATRED TERRORISM BUT THIS COMMUNAL GOVERNMENT OF RSS/ BJP HAS TAKEN U TURN AND DO NOT CONDEM THE GENOCIDE OF ROHINGYA MUSLIMS IN MYNMAR AND SUPPORT MYNMAR GOVERNMENT AND THEIR TERRORIST PERSONS AS RSS IS ALSO A TERRORIST ORGANISATION BANNED IN INDIA SOME TIMES AGO. SO NATURALLY CHOR CHOR MAUSERE BHAI. THEY HAVE SO MUCH GRUDGE WITH MUSLIMS THAT THEY DO NOT SEE THE REAL FACTS AND WHO IS COMMITTING CRIME.
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            Krishnan
            Sep 9, 2017 at 4:14 pm
            What about the 41 million IDPs in India today thanks to this year's monsoons? Surely the plight of 41 million Indians take first priority over 500,000 foreigners?
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            M. AHMAD
            Sep 8, 2017 at 4:47 pm
            PROBLEM IS TO DISCUSS THE GENOCIDE OF ROHINGYA MUSLIMS BUT HERE SOME SON OF RSS/ BJP TRYING TO RAISE THE ISSUE ABOUT KASHMIRI PANDIT. THESE DOGS DO NOT KNOW THAT KASHMIR IS RULED BY BJP , THEIR FATHER, AND WHY BJP GOVERNMENT IS MUM ON THAT POINT. THESE DOGS WANT AND TRY THAT THE PROBLEM OF ROHINGYA MUSLIMS DOES NOT SURFACE IN PEOPLES MIND.
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              Sagar
              Sep 10, 2017 at 1:47 am
              We elect Government for growth and development of India and people of India(which includes people of all religions), these immigrants can cause problems to security of nation. So instead of looking it from religious angle why don't we just look it angle of national security. Myanmar has helped us many times in past and in year 2015 Indian army along with Myanmar army killed terrorists in Myanmar who had attacked on army. Why are 56 other Muslim nations in Asia not helping these Immigrants.
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