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Suu Kyi: Myanmar will not shrink from responsibility on Rohingya

  • Published at 10:34 pm November 4th, 2019
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Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 10th Asean-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019 AFP

At the opening session of the 10th Asean-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, UN Secretary General António Guterres said Myanmar was responsible for ensuring a conducive environment for the safe

Responding to the UN secretary general’s remarks on the Rohingya issue, Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the Myanmar government will not shrink from its responsibility and reaffirmed that it will work with friends who approach the issue in a "practical and balanced way."

At the opening session of the 10th Asean-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, UN Secretary General António Guterres said Myanmar was responsible for ensuring a conducive environment for the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of Rohingya refugees currently residing in Bangladesh, reports The Irrawaddy.

"The [Myanmar] government will not shirk its responsibility to take care of the security and rights of all those who it must protect," Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told the audience during the same event.

In response to Guterres’ remarks, the State Counsellor said the issue of Rakhine is a highly complex one, adding that the UN and its agencies have been present in the region 10 times longer than the current National League for Democracy (NLD) government has been in office, and must therefore have some idea of the complexity of the situation.

She added that the Myanmar government was fully committed to taking back verified returnees based on the bilateral agreement signed with Bangladesh and the trilateral agreement signed with the UNHCR and UNDP, while expressing her appreciation to Asean, the Asean Secretariat and the Asean Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management for their assistance on the issue.

She reaffirmed Myanmar’s intention to continue its work with the help of "friends who approach the problems in Rakhine in a practical and balanced way."

Some 730,000 Rohingyas from northern Rakhine state fled to Bangladesh amid brutal Myanmar military crackdown in August 2017.

The UN has described the crisis as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" and international observers have described it as "genocide." Myanmar rejects both terms.

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement in November 2017 but implementation has failed repeatedly and each side blames the other for the delay.