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Arakan Needs Long-Term Support: Indonesian Minister

10 January 2013

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Burma’s Arakan State needs long-term support to recover from the recent inter-communal violence between Muslim Rohingya and Arakan Buddhists, The Nation reports. “We must quickly move beyond emergency response,” Marty Natalegawa said. “The people in the affected area are showing resilience… willingness to recover quickly, but they need crops to harvest and seeds to grow.” He said the situation remained “unfavorable” in Arakan State as distrust between communities remained. Marty was speaking at the end of a visit to communities and relief camps in the state. He pledged Indonesian support for helping the region recover.