- Title: Former UN chief Kofi Annan meets Indonesian President in Bali
- Date: 8th December 2016
- Summary: BALI, INDONESIA (DECEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** INDONESIAN PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO GREETING FORMER UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN AHEAD OF A BILATERAL MEETING ANNAN AND WIDODO TALKING TO EACH OTHER WIDODO ANNAN ANNAN AND WIDODO IN BILATERAL MEETING WIDODO WALKING IN HALL WIDODO WALKING INTO GROUP PHOTO SESSIONS VARIOUS OF WIDODO GREETING AND STANDING FOR PHOTOS WITH DELEGATES OF BALI DEMOCRACY FORUM
- Embargoed: 23rd December 2016 08:52
- Keywords: Indonesia President Joko Widodo Kofi Annan United Nations Myanmar Rohingya
- Location: BALI, INDONESIA
- City: BALI, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
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- Story Text: Indonesian President Joko Widodo met former Secretary-General of United Nations Kofi Annan on Thursday (December 8) on the sidelines of a regional meeting on democracy in Bali.
According to a press release from the palace, they discussed the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
Violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State, home to many Rohingyas, has become the biggest challenge facing Aung San Suu Kyi's eight-month-old government and has sparked international criticism that the Nobel Peace Prize winner has done too little to help the Muslim minority.
At least 86 people have been killed and about 30,000 displaced in a Myanmar army crackdown in Rakhine State, launched after attacks on police posts near the Bangladesh border on October 9 in which nine policemen were killed.
Widodo conveyed Indonesia's concern and discussed "measures to resolve the crisis" in Myanmar's Rakhine state with Annan during the meeting, the press release said, without specifying details.
This is not the first time that Indonesia, the nation with world's biggest Muslim population, publicly express concern over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims. Earlier this week, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had met Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon.
Myanmar authorities have rejected allegations by residents and rights groups that soldiers raped Rohingya women, burnt homes and killed civilians during a crackdown in response to coordinated attacks on three border posts along the frontier with Bangladesh.
The violence is the biggest challenge faced by Aung San Suu Kyi's eight-month-old government and has prompted calls for the Nobel Peace laureate to do more to help the Rohingya minority, who are denied citizenship and access to basic services.
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