Asian lead­ers chal­lenged on mil­i­tary rule in Myan­mar

The Scotsman - - World News - By JIM GOMEZ

The United Na­tions chief has ex­pressed alarm over the plight of Ro­hingya Mus­lim­sin­re­marks­be­fore Myan­mar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and other lead­ers from a south-east Asian bloc that has re­fused to crit­i­cise her gov­ern­ment over the cri­sis.

UN Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Antonio Guter­res said the un­fold­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis could cause re­gional in­sta­bil­ity and rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion. He met with lead­ers from the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions at the body’s sum­mit in Manila. “I can­not hide my deep con­cern with the dra­matic move­ment of hun­dreds of thou­sands of refugees from Myan­mar to Bangladesh,” he said.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ro­hingya have fled Myan­mar’s Rakhine state since late Au­gust when the mil­i­tary launched “clear­ance oper­a­tions”.

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