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09/11/2017 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.

Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Myanmar government has rejected the ceasefire declared by Muslim Rohingya militants to allow aid to thousands of displaced persons in the state of Rakhine, declaring that they do not want to negotiate with terrorists.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) announced the truce on its Twitter account, which called on humanitarian workers to resume assistance to "all victims of the crisis, regardless of ethnicity or religion," during the period up to to 9 October. The press also called on the authorities to "accept this humanitarian break" in the fighting.

On 25 August, hundreds of militants from the Arsa, known by locals like Harakah al-Yaqin (Movement of the Faith), launched a series of coordinated attacks on about 30 police and army posts in the northern Rakhine. The counter-offensive by the Burmese security forces led to the exodus of about 300,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh, while the displaced among the ethnic groups are about 30,000.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh state that during repression Rakhine's government forces and Buddhists have killed the inhabitants of their villages without distinction, burning down hundreds of homes. Ethnic groups, however, accuse the Muslims of atrocities against their people, while the government asserts that the fleeing Rohingya set fire to their homes to foment fear and anti-state rage.

The authorities and the army of Myanmar did not respond officially to the statement of the truce by Arsa. However, Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi's spokeswoman said on Twitter: "We do not negotiate with terrorists".

The Myanmar government says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against "Bengali terrorists" responsible for a series of attacks on police and army since last October. The army reveals that it has killed nearly 400 militants so far, while some Rohingya refugees claim to have been forced to fight among the ranks of the Arsa. 

See also

14/09/2017 10:06:00 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.  

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.

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.

31/08/2017 19:31:00 BANGLADESH
Two Rohingya boats capsize near Cox's Bazar: 19 bodies recovered

The boats were full of women and children. The refugees were trying to reach Bangladesh. Thousands are blocked in No Man’s Land between Bangladesh and Myanmar. Myanmar does not want Muslims; Bangladesh rejects them. For Christian activist, people must “show generosity.”

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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