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I’m talking with Bangladesh to repatriate Rohingya: Suu Kyi

Bdtodays, International: Myanmar’s noble peace winning leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, called on Thursday that his country needs national unity. She said has created committees that will co-ordinate all international and local assistance in violence-struck Rakhine state.

Suu Kyi acknowledged in a speech on state-run television that the country is facing widespread criticism over the refugee crisis, and called for unity in tackling the problem.

She vowed that her government is talking with Bangladesh on the return of “those who are now in Bangladesh.”

But the leader did not give any details but the other officials have suggested that the Rohingays would show residency documents.

On the other hand Suu Kyi did not use the word “Rohingya” in her speech, but referred to several other ethnic minorities in her speech.

She said in her speech that those who return from Bangladesh would need to be resettled, without providing details, and that development must be brought to Rakhine, one of the country’s poorest areas, to achieve a durable peace.

She said she would head the new committee, the “Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine,” and that it would coordinate all efforts to create a “peaceful and developed Rakhine state.”

The government has tightly restricted access to Rakhine for international aid groups and journalists.

Suu Kyi said her government has invited UN agencies, financial institutions such as the World Bank, and others to help develop Rakhine.

Yet, Myanmar officials deny there has been ethnic cleansing. Myanmar’s ambassador to Japan, Thurain Thant Zin, told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday that his government was providing humanitarian aid to all affected by the violence and denied reports of human rights abuses by the military.

“To say the Myanmar military conducted those illegal acts is untrue and cannot be true.The Myanmar government protests the use of such terms as ethnic cleansing and genocide,” he said.

Bdtodays/ M, H/ 13 October, 2017

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