via Myanmar Times, 13 February 2020:
Myanmar has applied for UNESCO to recognise Mrauk-U in Rakhine State as a World Heritage Site despite continuing clashes between the Tatmadaw (military) and Arakan Army (AA).
Mrauk-U, which was the capital of the powerful Arakanese Kingdom from the 15th to 17th centuries, currently restricts visitors due to security concerns.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture said it submitted its application to UNESCO to recognise Mrauk-U as a World Heritage Site in January.
U Thura Aung, secretary of Myanmar Archaeology Research, expressed hope that peace would soon return to the area.