UN Security Council met Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

Vastavam web: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi received a UN Security Council delegation today in the highest-level diplomatic visit since the start of the Rohingya crisis, which will include a brief tour of violence-hit Rakhine state.Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of mainly Buddhist Myanmar, has been pilloried overseas for her failure to speak up for the Muslim Rohingya or publicly condemn the army for driving them out of the country.Their visit to Myanmar comes after an emotionally-charged stay in Bangladesh where Rohingya refugees told delegates of their trauma.

As they left Bangladesh, delegates said they would press Myanmar to ensure the safe return of those who fled.”This is a humanitarian crisis and a human rights issue,” Kuwait’s ambassador to the UN, Mansour al-Otaibi, told reporters before flying to Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.The Rohingya fled after Myanmar’s army carried out “clearance operations” which it says targeted militants.However, deputy Russian ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy, whose country has supported Myanmar, warned on Sunday that the council did not have a “magic stick” solution.

“We are not looking away from this crisis, we are not closing our eyes,” he said.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation agreement in November but no refugees have returned so far.The Rohingya have been persecuted for decades in Myanmar, where they are widely regarded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and denied ctizenship.

Myanmar’s military has kept Rakhine in a lockdown since August, blocking access to independent observers, journalists and many aid groups except on tightly-controlled chaperoned trips.Yangon-based independent analyst David Mathieson described the visit as “symbolically quite important” but doused hopes of any immediate diplomatic breakthrough.