Suu Kyi meets Tiller­son, UN chief on Ro­hingya cri­sis

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MANILA: Myan­mar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faced ris­ing global pres­sure Tues­day to solve the cri­sis for her na­tion’s dis­placed Ro­hingya Mus­lim mi­nor­ity, meet­ing the UN chief and Amer­ica’s top diplo­mat in the Philip­pines.

UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res told the No­bel lau­re­ate that hun­dreds of thou­sands of dis­placed Mus­lims who had fled to Bangladesh should be al­lowed to re­turn to their homes in Myan­mar.

“The Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral high­lighted that strength­ened ef­forts to en­sure hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­cess, safe, dig­ni­fied, vol­un­tary and sus­tained re­turns, as well as true rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween com­mu­ni­ties, would be es­sen­tial,” a UN state­ment said, sum­maris­ing com­ments to Suu Kyi.

Guter­res’ com­ments came hours be­fore Suu Kyi sat down with US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son on the side­lines of and has avoided out­right crit­i­cism of Suu the East Asia Sum­­Manila.

Wash­ing­ton has been cau­tious in its Sup­port­ers say she must nav­i­gate a state­ments on the sit­u­a­tion in Rakhine, path be­tween out­rage abroad and pop­u­lar feel­ing in a ma­jor­ity Bud­dhist coun­try where most peo­ple be­lieve the Ro­hingya are in­ter­lop­ers.

Canada’s Justin Trudeau said he had spo­ken to Myan­mar’s de facto leader.

“I had an ex­tended con­ver­sa­tion with... Aung San Suu Kyi, about the plight of the Mus­lim refugees in Rakhine state,” he told a press con­fer­ence.

“This is of tremen­dous con­cern to Canada and many, many other coun­tries around the world.

“We are al­ways look­ing at... how we can help, how we can move for­ward in a way that re­duces vi­o­lence, that em­pha­sises the rule of law and that en­sures pro­tec­tion for all cit­i­zens,” he said.

More than 600,000 Ro­hingya have flooded into Bangladesh since late Au­gust, and now live in the squalor of the world’s big­gest refugee camp.


Aung San Suu Kyi looks dur­ing the side­line of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) Sum­mit in Manila.

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