Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Suu Kyi Willing to Review Rohingya Refugee Status 'At Any Time'

Suu Kyi Willing to Review Rohingya Refugee Status 'At Any Time'

Myanmar does not fear "international scrutiny" over the Rohingya crisis, its de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said.

In her speech, Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize victor for her non-violent resistance to the military junta that used to rule Myanmar, did not mention the Rohingya specifically and only used the term in reference to the "Rohingya Salvation Army".

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has condemned the attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, he said, adding "We condemn the attacks (on Myanmar security forces) and we will continue to do so in the future".

Speaking at the United Nations general assembly in NY, she said the UK would end all engagement with the Burmese military until military action against civilians in Rakhine state had stopped.

She told the world that even with an estimated 412,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh in less than a month as their villages burned and hundreds were killed, the "great majority" of Muslims within the conflict zone stayed and that "more than 50 per cent of their villages were intact". She said the Myanmar government was ready to take back the Rohingya refugees subject to a "verification process". The army, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing by the United Nations, said it was flushing out insurgents. However, Aung San Suu Kyi, a symbol of civil resistance for democratization of country during 15 years of her house arrest received support of democratic world, has not spoken to military power in behalf of this persecuted minority.

"Aung San Suu Kyi today demonstrated that she and her government are still burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State".

In an interview earlier this week, Guterres described the address by Suu Kyi as "a last chance" to speak out and put in motion an end to the mass exodus. She said that during the ministerial meeting in NY there "was unanimity in the view that the violence must end and that there be a ceasefire". We will also investigate why so many young Muslims are crossing the border and going to Bangladesh.

"Many Muslim villagers have remained, not all have fled".

"There have been allegations and counter-allegations", she said.

Although India has traditionally received refugees with open arms, the centre has called for the expulsion of Rohingya refugees, terming them as a threat to the nation.

"I ask the global community to help us find new ways that are more constructive and daring to resolve the problems we have", she said.

She did not address this but insisted the country is committed to a sustainable solution to the conflict.

In her speech, Suu Kyi invited diplomats to visit villages that weren't affected so they could learn why fighting did not take place in those areas.

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