Rohingya crisis heart-breaking, complex issue, says British minister for Asia
The issue of Rohingya Muslims, is a complex matter of ethnic cleansing and is a heart-breaking humanitarian crisis, said British minister for Asia Mark Field as he called for regional initiatives to help.
Field, in an exclusive interview to HT on Tuesday, said Brexit will bring more good news for Indian businesses.
The Central London MP, who recently travelled to the trouble-prone Rakhine state in Myanmar and held discussions with state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, termed the Rohingya crisis “heart breaking.”
“That is a pre-dominantly Muslim area. But those who are affected by the ethnic-cleansing include Hindus and Buddhists. It is a complex issue,” Field said.
He called for regional initiatives like ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Countries) to take up a more active role in addressing the issue.
When asked about the Indian position on Rohingyas, the minister said he understood New Delhi’s viewpoint and suggested that all stakeholders work together to ensure the refugees can go back to Myanmar. “For that, the state has to be safe for them to return”, he said.
Speaking on Britain’s decision to leave the EU, he said Brexit will provide greater opportunities to Indian companies as EU members would not disrupt the existing mutually-beneficial business models between the two.