Burma Times Correspondent: August 30, 2015
Arakan Army is requesting Bangladesh forces to discontinue their offensive saying the Wednesday skirmish that injured a paramilitary soldier was a ‘grave misunderstanding’.
“We have already explained to Bangladesh that we are not the enemy,” says Lt-Col Nyo Tun Aung, deputy commander in chief of the Arakan Army. He requested the Bangladesh government to show empathy on humanitarian grounds.
“We are trying to send a letter to the Bangladesh Prime Minister and we would like to say sorry for the conflict and that we would like to prevent this happening again in the future,” Nyo Tun Aung said. He also said the Arakan Army has been asked not to fight Bangladesh forces.
Militants from the Rakhine insurgent outfit was forced to flee to the remote Bandarban area of Bangladesh in May after clashes with the Myanmar army.
Anaylysts say the Arakan Army would be cornered in a dual clash with both Bangladesh and Burma.
Bangladesh forces went on the offensive against the Arakan Army after one its soldier was allegedly injured in firing by the insurgent outfit.