Ro­hingyas are not na­tives: Myan­mar Army Chief

The Asian Age - - Asia -

Yangon, Oct. 12: Ro­hingya Mus­lims are not na­tive to Myan­mar, the Army Chief told the US am­bas­sador in a meet­ing in which he ap­par­ently did not ad­dress ac­cu­sa­tions of abuses by his men and said that me­dia was com­plicit in ex­ag­ger­at­ing the num­ber of refugees flee­ing.

The UN hu­man rights of­fice said on Wed­nes­day Myan­mar forces had bru­tally driven out half a mil­lion Ro­hingya from north­ern Rakhine state to Bangladesh in re­cent weeks, torch­ing homes, crops and vil­lages to pre­vent them from re­turn­ing.

Thou­sands of Ro­hingya were leav­ing the state on Thurs­day, aim­ing to reach Bangladesh by boat, cit­ing a short­age of food and fear of re­pres­sion, res­i­dents said. A Myan­mar of­fi­cial

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