Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Myanmar's Suu Kyi blames world conflicts on illegal immigration

Myanmar's Suu Kyi blames world conflicts on illegal immigration

Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Burma's capital, Naypyitaw, with the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as its president, Htin Kyaw, and its powerful military chief, Min Aung Hlaing.

In an interview with the Associated Press on November 18 ahead of the pope's visit to Myanmar starting on November 27, Cardinal Charles Bo said worldwide criticism of Suu Kyi and her perceived indifference to the persecution of the Rohingya has been "very unfair".

Myanmar and Bangladesh officials began talks last month to settle a repatriation process for Rohingya refugees, which Bangladesh expects to take to the next level in coming days.

Speaking at the same press conference, Sven Mikser, a representative of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, said he was "encouraged" by the work undertaken by Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh to reach a bilateral agreement.

She visited a refugee camp at Cox's Bazar in the southeast of Bangladesh, accompanied by some other officials, including German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

Suu Kyi said Myanmar would follow the framework of an agreement reached in the 1990s to cover the earlier repatriation of Rohingya, who had fled to Bangladesh to escape previous bouts of ethnic violence.

The commission, established past year at Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's behest, issued its report the day before deadly insurgent attacks on multiple police posts in Rakhine State on August 25.

The global community and the United Nations Security Council should encourage such efforts by creating conditions and good atmosphere for consultations, he added.

The human rights organisation spent two years investigating the cause of the current Rohingya crisis, which has forced hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee over the border to Bangladesh.

The third phase is to find a long-term solution. HALLMARKS OF ETHNIC CLEANSING While a top United Nations official has described the military's actions as a textbook case of "ethnic cleansing", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on a visit to Myanmar last week refused to label it as such. They can not travel freely, practice their religion, or work as teachers or doctors, and they have little access to medical care, food or education.

In September, when Ms Suu Kyi last publicly addressed the global community, there was also total rejection of systematic discrimination.

It was hard to tell exactly how close Myanmar and Bangladesh were to an agreement, Suu Kyi said.

Visiting Myanmar last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made numerous same points, but he also called for a credible investigation into reports of atrocities.

Suu Kyi said the world is in a new period of instability as conflicts give rise to new threats and emergencies, citing "illegal migration, spread of terrorism and violent extremism, social disharmony and even the threat of nuclear war".

"We support Bangladesh's efforts towards a lasting solution, including the repatriation of displaced persons", Japan's Taro Kona told Ali at their meeting, where Tokyo pledged $18.6 million in aid to ease the Rohingya crisis.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh foreign minister reaffirmed Bangladesh's firm commitment to peace and development.

He also highlighted shared interest in encouraging peace, security and stability in the region and beyond.

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