Aust sup­ports Myan­mar mil­i­tary

The Queensland Times - - NEWS NATION -

THE number of Ro­hingya Mus­lims who have fled to Bangladesh since Au­gust 25 has topped 500,000, the United Na­tions says, but Aus­tralia con­tin­ues to co-op­er­ate with Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary. On Thurs­day, US Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Nikki Ha­ley called on coun­tries to stop pro­vid­ing weapons to Myan­mar and ac­cused au­thor­i­ties there of a “bru­tal, sus­tained cam­paign to cleanse the coun­try of an eth­nic mi­nor­ity”. A spokesman for the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade has told Fair­fax Me­dia “ap­pro­pri­ate lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion” with Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary al­low Aus­tralia “to pro­mote the role of a pro­fes­sional de­fence force and high­light the im­por­tance of ad­her­ing to in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian laws and norms”.

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