20 February 2018

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09/14/2017 MYANMAR

Aung San Suu Kyi announces speech on Rohingya set for 19 September

The Lady "will talk about national reconciliation and peace". It will be her first public intervention since the beginning of the violence. The United Nations Security Council met yesterday. The Burmese leader criticized for lack of moral leadership and compassion. The military bent on failure of the democratic process.  

Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will face the crisis enveloping the Rohingya and Rakhine State next week in her first public discourse since the beginning of the violence on August 25th.

At a press conference, government spokesman Zaw Htay said yesterday that on September 19, Suu Kyi will "speak about National Reconciliation and Peace" in a televised message.

The United Nations Security Council met yesterday to discuss the refugee crisis in a closed-door meeting with China ready to block any sanctions against Myanmar, it's strategic ally. Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the next session of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled for New York on September 20.

Violence in Rakhine has led to a serious humanitarian crisis triggering strong pressures on Aung San Suu Kyi to condemn the military campaign, which the UN has stated to have all the distinctive features of "ethnic cleansing."

Islamic countries and various Western powers have criticized the Lady for lack of moral leadership and compassion. In the rare statements issued so far, the Burmese leader referred to a "huge iceberg of misinformation" and denied that "ethnic cleansing" was taking place against Rohingya.

The Lady, the first civilian leader in Myanmar for decades, has no control over the powerful military forces that have ruled the country for 50 years. The first free elections were only held in 2015. Supporters claim that Aung San Su Kyi has her hands tied by the military, which is still in control of most government apparatus and all security-related issues.

Analysts say ethnic tensions in the north of the country are fueled by the armed forces, who are bent on reaffirming their power and undermining the process of national reconciliation undertaken by the Democratic leader.

See also

13/09/2017 09:38:00 MYANMAR - UN
Yangon, Aung San Suu Kyi will not go to the UN General Assembly

Myanmar vice president Henry Van Thio will take over the lady's place. The announcement comes after the allegations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. At the Security Council Myanmar hopes in Russia and China. Charges against the Burmese leader. Suspicions regarding the role of the army in ethnic tensions.

11/09/2017 11:00:00 MYANMAR
Rakhine, government rejects the ceasefire offered by Rohingya militants

Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi's spokesman: "We do not negotiate with terrorists." The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) announces the truce until 9 October for humanitarian purposes. Army: Nearly 400 Islamic militants have been killed so far. The exodus of about 300,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh. The displaced among the ethnic groups are 30,000.

12/09/2017 10:12:00 MYANMAR - UN
UN Security Council convokes emergency session on Rohingya for tomorrow

The urgent meeting requested by Great Britain and Sweden. Myanmar counts on China and Russia to veto any motions. More than 1,000 dead in the last raids in Rakhine. Since August 25 at least 313,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.

26/09/2017 10:00:00 UN - MYANMAR
Myanmar at the UN General Assembly: 'No ethnic cleansing or genocide in Rakhine'

The Burmese ambassador: "The issue is extremely complex." Member States and the international community call for "objective and impartial" analysis. The "fear factor" and the "burnt earth tactics" adopted by terrorists are the reasons for the Rohingya exodus. The government's priority is the resolution of the humanitarian emergency. Assistance programs for displaced people in collaboration with the Red Cross.

06/12/2017 15:06:00 UN-MYANMAR
Rohingya, UN: the Burmese army guilty of 'probable crimes against humanity'

The charge for operations in October 2016 and last August. "Credible reports" on widespread, systematic and brutal attacks in Rakhine. The resolution requested by Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia approved by 33 votes, Beijing opposed. The Burmese government and army reject the accusations.

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