UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the BBC on Saturday night that Suu Kyi had the last chance to stop the offensive. He reiterated that the Rohingyas should be allowed to return home
United Nations : Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has “a last chance” to halt an Army offensive that has forced thousands of the Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.
Guterres told the BBC on Saturday night that Suu Kyi had a last chance to stop the offensive. “If she does not reverse the situation now, then I think the tragedy will be absolutely horrible, and unfortunately then I don’t see how this can be reversed in the future.”
The Secretary General reiterated that the Rohingya should be allowed to return home. He also said it was clear that Myanmar’s military “still have the upper hand” in the country, putting pressure “to do what is being done on the ground” in Rakhine state where the crisis broke out on August 25 when Rohingya rebels attacked police checkposts and killed 12 security personnel, reports IANS.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is facing growing criticism over the Rohingya issue.
She will not be attending the UN General Assembly in New York which will begin from Monday and has claimed that the crisis was being distorted by a “huge iceberg of misinformation”. She said tensions were being fanned by fake news promoting the interests of terrorists.
Guterres’ warning comes after Bangladesh said it was now limiting the movement of more than 400,000 Rohingya who have fled from Myanmar.
The Rohingya, a stateless mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants.
Army chief urges unity
Yangon: Myanmar’s army chief has urged the country to unite over the “issue” of the Rohingya, a Muslim group he says has no roots in the country, and which his troops are accused of systematically purging.
The military says its “clearance operations” in northern Rakhine state are aimed at flushing out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.
General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar’s globe-trotting army chief, trumpeted that view in comments posted on his official
Facebook page Saturday.
“They have demanded recognition as Rohingya, which has never been an ethnic group in Myanmar.