Vastavam web: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned human rights violations in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished, but she did not address U.N. accusations of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the military.She made the remarks in her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on Aug. 25 led to a military response that has forced 421,000 Rohingya Muslims, more than half of them children, into neighbouring Bangladesh.
At the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres responded cautiously and repeated a call for an end to military operations and restoration of humanitarian access.”I take note of State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi’s address today and their intention to implement the recommendations of the advisory committee for Rakhine state, that was chaired by Kofi Annan, within the shortest time possible.
Britain said on Tuesday it had suspended its training programme for military in Myanmar because of the violence in Rakhine state.A spokeswoman for the European Union said immediate priorities were a cessation of violence and full access to all humanitarian aid workers. She said Suu Kyi’s invitation to the diplomatic corps to visit Rakhine was “a step forward.”
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in his speech to the General Assembly, likened the violence in Myanmar to genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda and urged a halt to the “ongoing ethnic cleansing” and the safe return of refugees.Amnesty International described Suu Kyi’s speech as “little more than a mix of untruths and victim-blaming”, saying she and her government were “burying their heads in the sand” for ignoring the army’s role in the violence.
“Action will be taken against all people, regardless of their religion, race and political position, who go against the law of the land and violate human rights,” she said.Long feted in the West as a champion of democracy in the Buddhist-majority country during years of military rule and house arrest, Suu Kyi has faced growing criticism for saying little about abuses faced by the Rohingya.
Myanmar’s generals remain in full charge of security and Suu Kyi did not comment on the military or its actions, except to say there had been “no armed clashes and there have been no clearance operations” since Sept. 5.