Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence on the ongoing Rohingya crisis that has shook that entire world. In a television speech, the Noble Laureate gave a detailed explanation on the mass exodus and killing of the Rohingyas from the Rakhine state of Myanmar which the United Nations had branded as ethnic cleansing.

The Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh, India, Saudi Arbaia, Hongkong, Singapore and many other Asian countries over the years. In India, around 40,000 Rohingyas have settled over the years, of which 16,000 are registered with the United Nation’s refugee agency.

 Highlights of Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech:

  • Myanmar is a complex nation. People expect us to overcome all the challenges in shortest time possible.
  • Peace and stability was something we had to achieve after nearly 70 yrs of internal conflict.
  • We condemn all human rights violations; we are committed to peace and rule of law.
  • Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny, committed to sustainable solution in Rakhine state.
  • Myanmar feels deeply for suffering of all groups in Rakhine, concerned to hear about Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.
  • We would like to find out why this exodus is happening, would like to talk to the people who have fled.
  • Government has been making every effort to restore peace and stability and to bring harmony in Rakhine communities.
  • Many Muslim villagers have remained, not all have fled. Invite members of the international community to visit.
  • We have made a central committee for implementing rule of law & development in Rakhine.
  • We have invited Dr Kofi Annan to lead a commission that would help us resolve long standing problems in Rakhine.
  • There have been allegations and counter allegations, will listen to all, culprits will be punished irrespective of race or religion. We had made a central committee for implementing rule of law & development in Rakhine.
  • We had invited Dr Kofi Annan to lead a commission that would help us resolve long standing problems in Rakhine.
  • Throughout the last year, we continued with our program of development and establishment of peace.
  • We would like you(world) to think of our country as a whole, not just as little afflicted areas.
  • Myanmar prepared to start a refugee verification process for those who wish to return.
  • We don’t want Myanmar to be a nation divided by religious beliefs or ethnicity. Hate and fear are main scourges.

The Indian Government that plans to deport the 40,000-odd Rohingya refugees living illegally in India by calling them a security threat and a strain on India’s resources. On Monday, the Centre filed an affidavit in Supreme Court on the entire issue.

The Central government informed the SC that the Centre’s policy in the issue of Rohingya migrants is an executive decision of the Govt and that the Court should not interfere with their policy.

Buddhist majority Myanmar believes that the Muslim ethic group Rohingya were never a part of their country rather migrated over the centuries from what is now Bangladesh to Rakhine, previously Arakan during the colonial era. The Rohingyas who are mainly Muslims speaks a dialect of the Bengali language.

First Published | 19 September 2017 9:50 AM
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