The Straits Times
Published on Jan 04, 2013

Indonesia pledges $1m in aid to Myanmar's Rakhine state


JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia's foreign minister said on Friday Jakarta would pledge US$1 million (S$1.23 million) in aid to western Myanmar's Rakhine state, where tens of thousands have been displaced by sectarian violence.

Clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have left at least 180 people dead in Rakhine since June, and displaced more than 110,000 others, mostly Muslim Rohingya.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said he would visit Myanmar on a 24-hour trip starting Monday "to deal with the issue of Rohingya on the invitation of the Myanmar government".

"The Indonesian government, when I visit Myanmar, will inform of our pledge to commit $1 million of humanitarian assistance to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Rakhine state," Natalegawa told reporters.