Rohingya crisis: Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar to start refugee verification process, condemns human rights violations

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New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2017 10:04:33 AM

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny even as condemns human rights violations over the issue of Rohingya crisis.

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Rohingya crisis: Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny even as condemns human rights violations over the issue of Rohingya crisis. While delivering a State of the Union Address to the citizens of the country, she said that Myanmar is prepared to start a refugee verification process for those who wish to return. She said that Myanmar is a complex nation and people expect the country to overcome all the challenges in shortest time possible. Underscoring that the government is committed to peace and rule of law, country will find sustainable solution in Rakhine state. She also underlined that no one wants Myanmar to be a nation divided by religious beliefs or ethnicities.

The State of the Union Address took place at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-II (MICC-II) amid tight security Even as the international community awaits with bated breath for Suu Kyi’s expected defence of her NLD Government’s policies as well as the actions of the country’s armed forces in Rakhine state since August 25, locally there is a almost complete silence and inactivity with regard to the crisis that has dominated headlines in the South Asian region over the last nearly three weeks and on Tuesday’s address. A drive through the wide thoroughfares of Nay Pyi Taw to collect media accreditation for the event at MICC-II revealed nothing but tranquility and left one with a feeling that all is well and seemingly under control. One can expect a flurry of activity and security drill today, but the atmosphere on Monday was still.

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Save for three armed military policemen, there was no one else visible in and around the large MICC-II complex. Traffic movement was normal and no restrictions were put in place. There was more activity and hustle and bustle in the capital city’s market place. Local papers also did not provide anything of excitement or anticipation. For example, The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper simply said that relief aid is being provided to “Ethnic and Muslim Communities” in Northern Rakhine state. It simply said that food and other basic essentials were being provided to Aung Zeya, Aung Tharyar and Aung Minglar villages where Rakhine, Thet, Bamar, Mon and Shan communities reside. Two other villages where the Islamic faith dominates – Ngan Chaung and Kyetyopin — were also receiving food under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, besides the General Administrative Department of Maungtaw District.

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