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Tillerson speaks to Suu Kyi on Myanmar refugees

Tillerson speaks to Suu Kyi on Myanmar refugees”

"There has been a call for the repatriation of refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh", she said.

As of Monday, more than 410,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh after the Myanmar security forces launched "security operations" targeting Rohingya villages following insurgent attacks on police posts and an army base on August 25, according to United Nations estimates.

The Rohingya refugees have fled since the ongoing violence broke out on August 25 when Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) rebels attacked police checkposts and killed 12 security personnel.

So when Suu Kyi says she's just a politician and "not Mother Theresa", she is not balancing competing interests and deterring aggressors, but settling into a life of grisly realpolitik.

The Indian government said it has evidence that there are extremists who pose a threat to the country's security among the Rohingya Muslims who have fled Burma and settled in many Indian cities.

Suu Kyi in her speech said, "50% of the villages of Muslims are intact".

Suu Kyi did not refer to the Rohingya by name, in keeping with the government's view that members of the ethnic and religious minority are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and not among the dozens of national ethnicities officially recognized by Myanmar.

The morning of August 27 started as any other for Anika Dhar, 18, a resident of Fakira Bazar village in the Maungdaw area of Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state.

But few Rohingya have documents to prove their existence, and in the squalid muddy camps, many are deliberately avoiding registration, fearing they could be forced back.

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"We don't have proper documents, it's very hard to prove", said Mohammed Faruque, a long-term refugee, who has lived in the Kutupalong camp since 1991, when his father brought him as a one-year-old boy.

This failure stems partly from the legacy of the military regime, and partly from Myanmar's geostrategic significance and natural resources, which impel the country's powerful allies to ward off any effective UN Security Council resolutions against the state's grave human rights violations.

In this photo released by Myanmar Foreign Ministry, Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with U.S. State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. I liked what she said.

More than 410,000 Rohingya have fled the country in what the United Nations has described as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", with security forces and local militia reportedly burning villages and shooting civilians.

Following the speech, she held a two-hour closed-door meeting with global diplomats who she has invited to visit Rakhine provided security is deemed to be sufficient to "see for yourselves".

"A verification process was set up as early as 1993", she said. Because of the torture in Muangdaw town (in Rakhine state) people ran away to Bangladesh.

Kyaw Nyein, a Yangon-based non-Rohingya Muslim leader and a lawyer, sees it is a positive move by Suu Kyi's government but there are other issues that need to be addressed, mainly the 1982 citizenship law which effectively makes the Rohingya stateless.

The scenario was the same as the previous days, when many local people joined government agencies and NGOs to distribute relief goods to refugees in Ukhiya's refugees camps and nearby areas.



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