Britain leads calls for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to act


Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence over the ongoing humanitarian crisis which led to evacuation of over half-a-million minority Rohingya Muslims from northern Rakhine state.

James Gomez, Amnesty International's Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said that "Aung San Suu Kyi today demonstrated that she and her government are still burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State".

She told the world that even with an estimated 412,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh in less than a month as their villages burned and hundreds were killed, the "great majority" of Muslims within the conflict zone stayed and that "more than 50 per cent of their villages were intact".

Suu Kyi invited members of the worldwide community to visit Rohingya villages, and said a central committee had been constituted to enforce the rule of law and spur development in Rakhine.

"We are deeply concerned and angered by the attacks on Rohingya Muslims in your country which have been widely reported", said Oxford's Lord Mayor Jean Fooks and the Council Leader Bob Price in a statement.

"We are committed to the restoration of peace, stability and rule of law throughout the state", Suu Kyi said in front of a packed auditorium of Myanmar government officials and high ranking militarily personnel here. "The military action against them must stop", May said.

"We will take all measures mentioned to ensure that there is peace in Rakhine and Myanmar as a whole".

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Aung San Suu Kyi says: "We would like to find out why this exodus is happening, would like to talk to the people who have fled". Despite her ambition to become the nation's president, Myanmar's current constitution bars her from presidency because her two sons are United Kingdom citizens and she is a widow, which makes her not eligible.

Myanmar has previously suggested it will not take back all who had fled across the border, accusing those refugees of having links to the Rohingya militants. "Hate and fear are the main scourges of our world".

Ms Suu Kyi condemned all human rights violations and said anyone responsible for abuses in the troubled Rakhine State would face the law. "Throughout the past year, we continued with our program of development and establishment of peace", she said.

Mr Rudd said he interpreted Ms Suu Kyi's speech with a degree of subtlety compared to others.

"We are prepared to start the verification process at any time", Suu Kyi told diplomats gathered in the capital Naypyidaw in a nationally televised speech in English.

India on Tuesday argued that socio-economic development projects are only long-term solution for the problems of violence-hit Rakhine state in Myanmar.