Suu Kyi finally breaks silence on Rakhine state turmoil, invites global scrutiny

Wednesday, 20 Sep, 2017

In an utter disdain to worldwide outrage on the gross human rights violations of Rohingya Muslims by Buddhist terrorists, Myanmar's de facto leader and Nobel Peace laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, has said that she did not fear "international scrutiny".

She reached out to the global community in a broad appeal for support over a refugee crisis the UN has decried as "ethnic cleansing", urging outsiders to help her nation unite across religious and ethnic lines and offering a pathway back to the country for some of the Rohingya Muslims forced to flee by army operations.

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.

Absent in NY, where are gathered the great majority of the heads of State, she said that she was "ready" to organize the return of more than 410 000 Rohingya muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution.

Delivering a State of the Union Address to the citizens, Suu Kyi said the country is ready to verify status of refugees "at any time" to aid their return.

"We are committed to the restoration of peace, stability and rule of law throughout the state", Suu Kyi said in front of a packed auditorium of Myanmar government officials and high ranking militarily personnel here.

The Rohingyas are a stateless Indo-Aryan people from Rakhine state, Myanmar, who are categorised as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Meanwhile, while British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hosted a meeting to discuss the crisis at the United Nations yesterday, he did not call for punitive sanctions on the country, the New York Times reported. "Invite members of the worldwide community to visit", said Suu Kyi. Her only comment on the situation saw her lash out at a "huge iceberg of misinformation" that she said was leading to a distorted view on the crisis in the rest of the world.

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On reports that Rohingya villages have been burned down by security forces, Suu Kyi said: "There are allegations and counter-allegations and we have to listen to all of them".

"We want to find out why this exodus is happening".

On Aug. 25, a Rohingya militant group staged a series of attacks against police outposts in Rakhine state.

The Rohingya community who fled from Myanmar in the end of Aug has become a matter of concern for everyone.

Ms Suu Kyi said: "We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence".

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Reuters she wanted to hear Suu Kyi offer a solution "to what is a tragedy of enormous proportions".

Suu Kyi appealed for outside observers to visit Myanmar and see the situation for themselves - despite the severe restrictions her government has placed on access to the conflict zone in northern Rakhine.