Shun two-child policy for Muslims, US to Mayanmar
US has appealed to Myanmar to immediately shun its plan of a two-child policy for Rohingya Muslims. ‘We are deeply concerned over reports that local officials in Myanmar’s Rakhine state plan to enforce a two-child limit for Rohingya Muslims,’ state department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, asserting that Washington will oppose any such ‘coercive and discriminatory birth limitation policy’.
‘We have pressed senior Myanmar government officials to abolish this local order. We urge the government to eliminate all such policies without delay,’ Psaki said. Meanwhile, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement reached between the government and the Kachin Independence Organisation after their first meeting in Myanmar since the conflict broke out in June 2011.
Meanwhile, the government and ethnic Kachin rebels have ended three days of peace talks with a tentative deal to de-escalate fighting and continue a political dialogue. The two sides signed a seven-point agreement on Thursday in the Kachin state capital Myitkyina in an effort to end nearly two years of fighting. There have been 14 previous rounds of talks and Thursday’s agreement appeared to be just an incremental step toward a cease-fire rather than a breakthrough.