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Suu Kyi's comment on Rohingyas surprising

Photo: UNHCR

We have learnt from newspaper reports that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on November 13 described the violence in west Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims as a "huge international tragedy" and said illegal immigration from Bangladesh had to be stopped.

Dhaka has expressed surprise at these comments in a press statement saying historic evidence shows that people of Rohingya ethnicity have been living in the Rakhine state of Myanmar for centuries, whereas Bangladesh came into existence only in 1971.

The hard fact is, there have been occasional influxes of Myanmar nationals of Rohingya ethnicity into Bangladesh due to internal situations in their homeland for long. We remember, during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Myanmar in December 2011, the government of Myanmar had assured Bangladesh of taking back the remaining Myanmar refugees after verification of their origin.

We know both Bangladesh and Myanmar are working closely to resolve this longstanding issue. But the recent comments of Suu Kyi would jeopardise all these efforts. We hope she would make well-thought comments in this regard.

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She came out with what was really in her heart; need time to learn politics and how to create lies yet.

: Roksana

I'd like to urge Suu Kyi to do some reading about her own country.Suu Kui lacks more knowledge to do politics.She is no longer a prisoner.She is an opposition leader now.I'd like to urge once again not to give any statement without knowledge.

: paing pyaesa

Comments

  • paing pyaesa
    Friday, November 23, 2012 10:10 AM GMT+06:00 (91 weeks ago)

    This woman is flying in the air now.Because of unnecessary ovation from the west.She doesn't know what she is talking.She is acting like head of state.Before represent a country,you have to learn a lot for this country.She doesn't know even post independent history of Burma.How can she become head of Burma.

  • Shabbir A Bashar
    Friday, November 23, 2012 10:58 AM GMT+06:00 (91 weeks ago)

    I am disappointed first by her silence on the abuse of Muslims in her country and secondly by her attempts to claim them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. A person of her wisdom and stature should take an honest and befitting stance. She should understand that instead of antagonizing Bangladesh, Myanmar should embrace this country who can provide all sorts of logistic and manpower support for the development surge her country is about to face. Fighting with one's neighbors is a foolish proposition.


 

 


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