TOKYO, Dec. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Japan's The Nippon Foundation, which had
promised to donate $3 million in emergency aid to promote peace between
the government of Myanmar and the country's ethnic minorities,
completed the delivery of its first shipment of relief goods to Mon
State in southern Myanmar by December 25. The shipment, delivered in
five large trucks, consisted of rice and medicines. The supplies will
be delivered to areas for internally displaced people before the end of
The emergency aid was realized thanks to the exchange of two
memorandums; between The Nippon Foundation and the government of
Myanmar, and between The Nippon Foundation and the United Nationalities
Federal Council (UNFC), which is a federation of 11 armed minority
groups. This is the first aid to be extended by a private organization
with the agreement of the government and minority groups in Myanmar.
The aid goods will be delivered to other areas for displaced minorities
as soon as transportation routes are secured.
On December 22, a ceremony with government representatives, ethnic Mon
residents and children, totaling 600 people, was held in the Mon State
capital of Mawlamyine. Mr. Aung Min, a chief Minister of U Thein Sein's
presidential office and principal peace negotiator, said that many
international nongovernment organizations (NGOs) have begun to support
the building of peace in Myanmar and that the Nippon Foundation was a
representative of these organizations.
The Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa, who is also the Japanese
government's Goodwill Ambassador for the Welfare of the National Races
in Myanmar, responded by saying, "I would like to make the present
relief efforts a catalyst for realizing peace." Chairman Nai Htaw Mon
of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), who is negotiating peace with the
government, welcomed the aid, saying that it would constitute the first
step toward promoting political dialogue with the government.
Myanmar's civil war between government forces and minority groups has
lasted for more than 60 years, forcing more than one million people of
ethnic minorities to find refuge in Thailand and other neighboring
countries as well as in Myanmar's mountainous regions.
SOURCE: Nippon Foundation
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