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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Peace in Myanmar can only prevail through recognition of identity

Readers weigh in on regional conflicts, driver safety apps, spectacular aerial displays and more

Recognising that the Rohingya people have lived in Myanmar for generations is the only way to ensure stability in the country. Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters
Recognising that the Rohingya people have lived in Myanmar for generations is the only way to ensure stability in the country. Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters

It may be difficult for many in Myanmar, including the military and the ultranationalist groups, to accept the Rohingyas as citizens of Myanmar (Terror and persecution go on for Myanmar's Muslim minority, August 26). Still, it is undeniable that many of them have lived in the country for generations. It is important for the people of Myanmar to understand that without addressing the fundamental issues affecting the Rohingyas, including identity and citizenship, the core of the problem in Rakhine will remain unaddressed. Indeed, the Rohingya issue will continue to pose a security and territorial threat and will hamper the nation’s peace process and development in the long run.

Ultimately, reconciliation will have a chance to succeed only when the Rohingyas and Rakhines are willing to mutually respect identity and culture. The Myanmar government and the general public must be ready to embrace the Rohingyas if any genuine reconciliation is to be achieved.

The international community, including the United Nations, should condemn the attacks on the police posts by the militants and help end the violence to prevent further loss of life and property.

The Rohingya and Rakhine problem not only threatens Myanmar’s internal stability, but also has the potential to spill over beyond borders and across the region.

Nehginpao Kipgen, India

The National's road-to-safety reports make a big difference

I refer to several of your road-to-safety articles, among them New smart cameras can catch drivers using phones and passengers not wearing seatbelts (August 2). I have noticed a strong effort by governments all around the world to prevent car accidents that arise due to distraction while driving. Google Play recently introduced a new app on Android called Drive Safe that automatically prevents the use of phones above a set speed. It has also a parental control for parents or guardians. Moreover, online dashboards enable companies with drivers to monitor their employees' behaviour. While apps are not the solution to the problem, I think they are a good deterrent for phone-addicted drivers. The National has covered this issue extensively and I hope you keep up your good efforts at highlighting the importance of these measures. Lives are too important to waste on an SMS or LinkedIn message.

Giancarlo Maragucci, Abu Dhabi

Emirati women that excelled through overseas education

Your special report on the first Emirati women to travel abroad for education (August 28) was great in highlighting their achievements.

Suzanne Arruda-Wessel, Abu Dhabi

Upcoming health reforms will be beneficial

In reference to your report, Abu Dhabi medical authorities introduce reforms with patient safety top of the agenda (August 27), the new system makes great sense and may save people money and time in some cases.

Justine Heywood, Dubai

British Red Arrows displays are eagerly awaited

I refer to your article, British Red Arrows to perform displays across Gulf (August 28). I saw them four years ago in Al Ain. It was a truly amazing experience.

Sunet La'Bottin, Abu Dhabi