Tiller­son: Vi­o­lence must stop

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD -

LON­DON — Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son has de­liv­ered the tough­est con­dem­na­tion yet from a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial of the per­se­cu­tion of Myan­mar’s Ro­hingya Mus­lims, liken­ing the vi­o­lence against them to eth­nic cleans­ing and de­mand­ing it stop.

On Thurs­day, Tiller­son di­rected the blame to­ward Myan­mar’s pow­er­ful mil­i­tary, which is re­spon­si­ble for se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions that have seen nearly 400,000 peo­ple flee to neigh­bor­ing Bangladesh in the past three weeks af­ter Ro­hingya in­sur­gents launched co­or­di­nated at­tacks on gov­ern­ment forces. He re­it­er­ated sup­port for civil­ian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is fac­ing grow­ing pres­sure to speak out over the mil­i­tary’s con­duct.

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