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Suu Kyi avoids Rohingya crisis in speech

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi did not mention the Rohingya crisis — which has led the United Nations to call for a genocide investigation — in her keynote address to an international meeting organised by a group linked to the Unification Church. “At the basis of conflict is ill-will which seeks to hurt and to destroy and thus to open the way to conflict, which in turn spews out an ever-renewing cycle of hate and fear, snuffing out the light of peace,” Suu Kyi said. Suu Kyi called for cooperation between nations to seek peace ...

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Myanmar monk hits back at international community


MNA Exclusive Desk: An ultra-nationalist monk—dubbed the “Buddhist Bin Laden”—on Sunday condemned the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar’s generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis. Firebrand monk Wirathu, known as the face of Myanmar’s Buddhist nationalist movement, was speaking at a pro-military rally that attracted hundreds of supporters, his first since being barred from giving public sermons last year. The ban, which ended in March, was issued by a council of senior monks who said Wirathu had “repeatedly delivered hate speech against religions to cause communal strife”. The hate speech he espouses—which includes calling the Rohingya Muslim ...

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EU considers trade sanctions on Myanmar


MNA Business Desk: The European Union is considering trade sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis, potentially stripping the country of tariff-free access to the world’s largest trading bloc, three EU officials said. The sanctions, under discussion at the European Commission, would include Myanmar’s lucrative textile industry and potentially put at risk thousands of jobs there but would not come into effect immediately, giving the EU leverage to stop what the West says is ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya, reported news agency. Even by triggering a six-month review process on whether to impose trade sanctions, which could be reversed if ...

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Malaysia to no longer support Suu Kyi


MNA Exclusive Desk: Stating that he lost all faith in Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said his country will no longer support the leadership of Myanmar’s leader over handling of the Rohingya crisis in her country. In an interview with Turkish international news channel TRT World, Dr Mahathir said Suu Kyi seemed to be a “changed person” in over the plight of the Rohingya people, reports Malaysia’s The Star Online on Sunday. “Over this issue, she seems to be a changed person. She did not want to say anything against the action taken by ...

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Resolve Rohingya crisis from its root: PM

Sheikh Hasina

MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday placed three recommendations, including abolishing discriminatory laws, policies and practices by Myanmar against Rohingyas, to solve the protracted Rohingya crisis from its root. Sheikh Hasina placed there commendations at the ‘High-level Event on the Global Compact on Refugees: A Model for Greater Solidarity and Cooperation’ held at the UN headquarters here with UN Secretary General António Guterres in the chair. Her second recommendation is Myanmar must create conducive environment by building trust and guaranteeing protection, rights and pathway to citizenship for all Rohingyas. If needed, create a ‘safe zone’ inside Myanmar ...

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Myanmar army apologizes for mistaken photos in book on Rohingya crisis


MNA Exclusive Desk: The Myanmar military issued a rare apology on Monday, acknowledging that two photographs it published in a book on the crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority were “published incorrectly”. Reuters published an exclusive report on Friday revealing that two of the pictures in the book that aimed at illustrating the army’s account of last year’s events in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine, were in fact archive pictures of different conflicts, and one was posted with an incorrect caption. The erroneous publication of the photographs comes amid a series of government steps against what it has seen ...

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BD, Japan share proposals to resolve Rohingya crisis


MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh and Japan on Tuesday shared specific proposals to find an early solution to Rohingya crisis ensuring their safe, voluntary and sustainable return to Myanmar. The Japanese side also sought the safety of its nationals working in Bangladesh and a congenial environment for Japanese investors in Bangladesh. The issues came up for discussions at a bilateral meeting Bangladesh and Japan at state guesthouse Meghna in Dhaka. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono led their respective sides at the meeting. However, the two ministers briefed the media after the meeting, reports news agency.

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Myanmar army, government hold rare meeting over Rohingya crisis


MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s army and civilian leadership held a rare “national security” meeting on Friday (Jun 8) and discussed an internal investigation into the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state, the president’s office said. The meeting – only the third of its kind since Aung San Suu Kyi’s government took power in 2016 – follows a deal to allow the UN to enter Rakhine to assess when refugees may be able to return. Some 700,000 of the Muslim minority have fled over the border to Bangladesh after the military launched a violent crackdown on Rohingya insurgents last August that the ...

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US for more global action over Rohingya crisis


MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States has indicated more action from the international community over Rohingya crisis and other areas of concerns in Myanmar in the coming days terming the situation ‘dire’. “Secretary (former) Tillerson had announced the finding of ethnic cleansing, and I believe it’s ethnic cleansing of a religious minority that’s taking place,” said Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. Recalling his visit to several refugee camps in Bangladesh about a month ago, Ambassador Brownback said, “The situation is dire. We must do more to help them, as they continue to be targeted for their faith.” The ...

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Rohingya crisis needs urgent action: Canadian aid workers


MNA Exclusive Desk: A group of Canadian aid workers is urging the federal government to act quickly on some of the recommendations made in a report on the Rohingya crisis by Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar. At a news conference in Toronto on Friday, the group Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need (CSRDN) said the wait has been unacceptable. “We must lead the international community. The inaction is unbelievable,” said CSRDN co-chair Dr. Aliya Khan, noting that it’s been six weeks since the government released a report from Mr. Rae outlining the crisis, yet no actions ...

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‘No quick fix’ to Rohingya crisis: Chinese envoy


MNA Exclusive Desk: Newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to Dhaka Zhang Zuo yesterday said there is no quick solution to the Rohingya crisis, reported news agency. Claiming that China has “no personal interest” in the issue and will remain impartial, Zuo said his country would make genuine efforts to help Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the crisis. The ambassador made the observations at his maiden press briefing at the Chinese embassy in Dhaka when repatriation of Rohingyas faces huge challenges due mainly to a conducive condition yet to be ensured in Rakhine. The Chinese envoy said, “China understands the situation and pressure ...

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Suu Kyi under fire at ASEAN summit


MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and “force an outcome”. Suu Kyi has been under intense global criticism for her public silence amid a brutal military crackdown that has forced nearly 700,000 of the Muslim-minority Rohingya to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh. The humanitarian crisis was one of the key topics at a three-day special summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia. “We discussed the situation in Rakhine ...

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US to stand by BD in resolving Rohingya crisis


MNA Exclusive Desk: Visiting Deputy Assistant to the US President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council Lisa Curtis today said the USA will remain with and stand by Bangladesh in resolving the Rohingya crisis. She made the vow while held a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, at the latter’s office this morning, reported news agency. The Donald Trump’s aide said the USA offers further assistance to deal with the upcoming challenges, especially when the monsoon is approaching soon. During the meeting, she shared her experience of visiting Cox’s ...

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China proposes 3-stage path to resolve Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire in Myanmar’s Rakhine State so that refugees can return from Bangladesh, China’s Foreign Ministry said ahead of meeting of European and Asian officials in Myanmar on Monday. The foreign ministers Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, opening in the Myanmar capital Naypyitaw is an important multilateral diplomatic gathering which happens once every two years and is designed to discuss issues between Asia and Europe. The meeting was scheduled to take place in Myanmar before the outbreak of the current crisis. Speaking in Naypyitaw on ...

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China eager to resolve Rohingya crisis


MNA National Desk: The visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday expressed Beijing’s eagerness to help resolve the Rohingya crisis. “As a friend, China will help resolve the issue and will not be partial to any side,” he told a bilateral meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart AH Mahmood Ali, according to a foreign ministry press release. The release said the Chinese foreign minister stressed on importance of continued consultations and dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the issue. “Bangladesh is facing the brunt of continuing influx of Rohingya people. As a friend of both Bangladesh and Myanmar, China wants ...

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Kofi Annan to brief UNSC on Rohingya crisis

Kofi Annan

MNA International Desk: The Security Council will on Friday hold an informal meeting on Myanmar to hear former UN chief Kofi Annan provide details of a report on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, diplomats said. The UN’s top political affairs official, Jeffrey Feltman, will travel to Myanmar on Friday for four days of talks on the crisis. More than 500,000 people, mostly Rohingyas, have since late August fled an army campaign in Myanmar’s Rakhine state that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to the military campaign, access for ...

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Suu Kyi: In need of right direction for Myanmar


MNA Editorial Desk: Throughout the world, we find brutal pictures of communal violence for decades. Wars are going on at different parts of the earth with loads of hatred and ill feelings towards the people representing different communities, religion or ethnicity. The root cause of all wars being fought around the world is caused by either economic interest or communal difference. In recent times, we have seen Myanmar to get engaged in ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingyas of its Rakhine state. Thousands of innocent men, women and children are being killed; women are getting raped; houses are being burnt and all ...

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Aung San Suu Kyi to skip UN assembly

Aung San Suu Kyi

MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s national leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly because of the Rohingya crisis, her office said on Wednesday. The exodus of refugees, sparked by security forces’ fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks, is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar’s leader last year. Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize for failing to do more to halt the strife. In her first address to the UN General Assembly as national leader in September last year, Suu Kyi defended ...

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Yousef suggests dialogue over Rohingya issue


MNA Editorial Desk: Secretary General of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al Othaimeen suggested holding an interfaith dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis. Dr Yousef said this when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the morning. After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters. The OIC Secretary General also thanked Bangladesh for giving shelter to Rohingya refugees and told the Prime Minister, “You are very generous”. Sheikh Hasina said her government has already earmarked an island to give temporary shelter to the Rohingya refugees so that ...

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