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Rohingyas are Bangladeshis, Suu Kyi told David Cameron

  • Published at 08:02 pm September 19th, 2019
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Former British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with Ms Aung San Suu Kyi (right) inside 10 Downing Street in central London on Oct 23, 2013 AFP

Britain continues to refer to the country by its earlier name of Burma

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has recorded his disappointment with Myanmar state counsellor Aung Saan Suu Kyi over the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the country, particularly over her claim that “they are Bangladeshis,” reports Hindustan Times.

Cameron recalled his 2013 meeting with Suu Kyi in his memoir, “For The Record,” released yesterday. The Myanmar leader was feted by western countries for her pro-democracy struggle but is now a pariah due to her not condemning or acting on the Rohingya issue.

“The disappointment came from Burma. I had visited the long-time military dictatorship a year earlier, just after it had taken its first steps towards democracy by holding by-elections. No UK PM had visited since independence in 1948.”

Britain continues to refer to the country by its earlier name of Burma.

Cameron writes: “I met the pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi, who would soon run for the presidency, and reflected on what an amazing story hers could be: from fifteen years of house arrest to transforming her country into a real democracy.”

“However, by the time she came to visit London in October 2013, all eyes were on her country’s Rohingya Muslims, who were being driven out of their homes by Buddhist Rakhines. 

There were stories of rape, murder and ethnic cleansing. 

The world is watching, I told her. 

Her reply was telling: ‘They are not really Burmese. They are Bangladeshis.’ She became de facto leader in 2015, and the violence against the Rohingya went on.