Myan­mar as­sures ASEAN it is at­tend­ing to Rakhine is­sue

The Myanmar Times - - News -

MYAN­MAR’S leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has as­sured other South­east Asian na­tions that her gov­ern­ment is im­ple­ment­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions of a com­mis­sion led by for­mer UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Kofi An­nan on the sit­u­a­tion in Rakhine state, where more than half a mil­lion Ro­hingya Mus­lims have fled to neigh­bor­ing Bangladesh, a Philip­pine of­fi­cial said.

Philip­pine pres­i­den­tial spokesman Harry Roque also said Suu Kyi pledged Mon­day that repa­tri­a­tion of the dis­placed peo­ple would be­gin within three weeks af­ter Myan­mar signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Bangladesh. The mem­o­ran­dum was signed on Oc­to­ber 24.

He said Suu Kyi gave no fur­ther de­tails.

Roque said at least two ASEAN lead­ers brought up the Ro­hingya is­sue Mon­day dur­ing a sum­mit of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions in Manila. Roque said Suu Kyi did not refer to the Ro­hingya by name.

Although Ro­hingya Mus­lims have lived in Myan­mar for decades, the coun­try’s Bud­dhist ma­jor­ity still sees them as in­vaders from Bangladesh. The gov­ern­ment denies them ba­sic rights, and the United Na­tions has called them one of the most per­se­cuted mi­nori­ties in the world.

Since Au­gust, when their homes were torched by Bud­dhist mobs and sol­diers, more than 600,000 Ro­hingya have fled to Bangladesh.

Dur­ing her visit to Viet­nam to at­tend the ASEAN-APEC in­for­mal leader’s meet­ing ear­lier in the week, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was also asked by Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau about the sit­u­a­tion in Ro­hingya.

The two lead­ers dis­cuss ways on how to end the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

Photo: AP

Myan­mar leader Aung San Suu Kyi at­tends dur­ing an open­ing ses­sion of the 31th ASEAN Sum­mit in Manila on Mon­day.

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