Highlights: Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar ready to verify refugee status of those Rohingyas who wish to return
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi breaks her silence on Tuesday on the Rohingya crisis that the UN has decried as “ethnic cleansing”.
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi , in her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents, condemned all human rights violations on Tuesday and said anyone responsible for abuses in troubled Rakhine State would face the law.
She said Myanmar did not fear international scrutiny and was committed to a sustainable solution to the conflict.
Communal violence has torn through Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August 25, leaving hundreds dead and forcing Rohingyas -- counted among the world’s most persecuted community -- to flee the country.
The Indian government made its stand clear on Monday when it told the Supreme Court it wanted to deport the thousands of illegal Rohingya refugees in the country due to security concerns.
Here are the highlights:
9.30am: Suu Kyi says she doesn’t want Myanmar to be a nation divided by religious beliefs or ethnicities. “Hate and fear are the main scourges of our world.”
9.28am: “We don’t want Myanmar to be a nation divided by religious beliefs or ethnicities. Hate and fear are main scourges,” says Aung San Suu Kyi.
9.26am: Hate and fear are the main scourges of our world, says Suu Kyi.
9.24am: “I believe the real responsibility lies with the people of this country. But we would like our friends to join or endeavour. We will give security to you.”
9.22am: We would like the world to think of our country as a whole, not just as little afflicted areas, says Suu Kyi.
9.21am: Throughout the last year, we continued with our programme of development and establishment of peace, says the Myanmar leader.
9.20am: Suu Kyi says has invited Dr Kofi Annan to lead a commission that would help us resolve long standing problems in Rakhine.
9.19am: There have been allegations and counter allegations,will listen to all. Action will be taken against all people regardless their religion, she says.
9.18am: Suu Kyi says we have made a central committee for implementing rule of law and development in Rakhine.
9.17am: Myanmar is ready to verify refugees status ‘at any time’ to aid return, says Suu Kyi.
9.16am: Many Muslim villagers have remained, not all have fled.Invite members of the international community to visit, says Aung San Suu Kyi.
9.15am: Govt has been making every effort to restore peace and stability and to bring harmony in Rakhine communities, says Suu Ki.
9.13am: Aung San Suu Kyi says: “We would like to find out why this exodus is happening, would like to talk to the people who have fled.”
9.10am: On August 25, 30 police outposts were attacked; consequently govt declared Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army a terrorist group, says Suu Kyi.
9.11am: Myanmar feels deeply for suffering of all groups in Rakhine,concerned to hear about Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, says Aung San Suu Kyi.
9.10am: Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny,committed to sustainable solution in Rakhine state.
9.09am: We condemn all human rights violations and all actions that undermine the rule of law, says Suu Kyi .
9.08am: Peace and stability was something we had to achieve after nearly 70 yrs of internal conflict.
9.07am: I must remind you that our govt has not been in power for even 18 months: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi
9.06am: Myanmar is a complex nation. People expect us to overcome all the challenges in shortest time possible, says Aung San Suu Kyi.