US Secretary of Rex Tillerson holds the military leadership in Myanmar

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on Relationship with India for the Next Century at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, U.S., October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Vastavam web:  US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that he holds the military leadership in Myanmar responsible for the current refugee crisis affecting the country’s Rohingya Muslims. Tillerson said it is up to the military leadership of Myanmar to decide what direction they want to play in the future of the country because the US consider Myanmar as an important emerging democracy. Tillerson has been in contact with Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the civilian side of the government.

“As you know, this is a power-sharing government that has emerged in Myanmar. We really hold the military leadership accountable for what is happening with the Rohingya area,” Tillerson said.”What we’ve encouraged the military to do is, first, we understand you have serious rebel/terrorist elements within that part of your country as well that you have to deal with, but you must be disciplined about how you deal with those, and you must be restrained in how you deal with those,” he said.”We have been asking for access to the region. We’ve been able to get a couple of our people from our embassy into the region so we can begin to get our own firsthand account of what is occurring,” he said.

The US is encouraging access for the aid agencies so that they can at least address some of the most pressing humanitarian needs, he said.