U.S. Ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel arrived in the Chin State’s capital Hakha on Monday evening as part of his first visit to the Chin State.
The U.S. Ambassador visited Chin Media Network office in Hakha at around 11:30 am yesterday morning and discussed the challenges and difficulties that are currently faced by Chin media organisations, according to Salai Bawi Uk Thang, an official from the Chin Media Network.
“We submitted the challenges and difficulties we are facing. We also explained the things that need to be changed. For example, the government doesn’t allow the teaching of Chin language during school hours so these kids don’t know how to speak in Chin and the youths will lose interest in our marketing. So, we explained to him about how the government needs to teach Chin language during school hours,” he explained.
They also discussed the immediate need of a printing press for Chin media, technological weaknesses, and the need of the Chin State’s government to ensure easy access to information from government departments.
Salai Bawi Uk Thang said he is proud that it was the first meeting with Chin media and it showed the important role of the media.
The U.S. Ambassador also met with the Chin State Ceasefire Monitoring Team and questioned them about the current peace processes, the relations between the Chin National Front (CNF) and the Burmese government, and the situation of the development tasks, said Chin State Ceasefire Monitoring Team’s leader Rev. Tluang Ceu.
Rev. Tluang Ceu told the U.S. Ambassador that there is a good relationship between the Chin State government and the CNF but the activities of the Arakan Army (AA) in Palatwa Township, Chin State have disturbed the peace process.
Scot Marciel met with the Chin State government yesterday evening and he is going to meet local social organizations today.
Translated by Thida Linn