KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will raise the plight of the Rohingya ethnic community in Rakhine, Myanmar at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman will highlight the issue while delivering Malaysia’s national statement at the world body’s meeting this Friday (Sept 22).
The Foreign Minister will be accompanied by senior ministry officials to the 72nd Regular Session of the UNGA in New York from today to Sept 26.
The ministry had previously spoken against the ethnic cleansing, saying that the practice must stop immediately to bring back security and stability to the region.
Malaysia's efforts to stop atrocities against Rohingya Muslims had also received the support from the United States after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak raised the issue with President Donald Trump recently.
At the UNGA, which is the main deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the world body, Anifah will also touch the question of Palestine, developments in the Korean Peninsula, elimination of nuclear weapons, Global Movement of Moderates, and UN reform initiative, among others, said Wisma Putra in a statement.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept 20, he is expected to represent Malaysia in signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The treaty is a legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, with the goal of leading towards their total elimination.
Anifah will also sign the Memorandum of Understanding concerning Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 of the Joint Investigations Team (JIT).
The JIT was formed to start a criminal investigation into the downing of MH17. The flight crashed over Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 passengers and crew members onboard.
Meanwhile, Anifah will also conduct bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the side-lines of UMGA to discuss matters of mutual interest while New York.
He is scheduled to attend the ASEAN and OIC related meetings, Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting and Ministerial Meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement.
The theme for this year’s UNGA will be, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’ focuses on how the United Nations can assist people around the world so that they may live in peace and lead a decent life in a sustainable way.
The emphasis will be on the implementation and achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
"Malaysia will continue to work with other member states in supporting efforts towards achieving the objectives under this year’s theme.
"Malaysia will also continue to support the central role of the United Nations as the most constructive multilateral platform in the maintenance of international peace and security," said the ministry.