Army chief calls for unity over Rohingya

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/09/18/07/38/myanmar-army-chief-calls-for-unity-over-rohingyas

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.

But the violence has engulfed the border region and triggered an exodus of more than 400,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh, where they have told of soldiers slaughtering civilians and burning down entire villages.

UN leaders have described the campaign as having all the hallmarks of “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya, a stateless group that has endured years of persecution and repression.

The status of the Muslim minority has long been a explosive topic in Myanmar.

Many in the Buddhist majority view the group as foreign interlopers from Bangladesh and deny the existence of a Rohingya ethnicity, insisting they be called “Bengalis”.

General Min Aung Hiaing, 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. (The) Bengali issue is a national cause and we need to be united in establishing the truth,” the post said.

The defence of his army’s operations comes amid strident global condemnation of the violence, which has strapped Bangladesh with the overwhelming task of providing shelter and food to a rising tide of desperate refugees.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41300247

Myanmar’s top general has blamed Rohingya people for the crisis that has led to hundreds of thousands crossing into Bangladesh.

Gen Min Aung Hlaing said the Rohingya “has never been an ethnic group”, and accused “extremists” of trying to form a stronghold in northern Rakhine state.

His army is accused of targeting civilians in an offensive there, forcing Rohingya to flee.

Myanmar denies this, and says it is responding to deadly militant attacks.

The UN has warned that offensive against the Rohingya – most of whom are Muslims, while Myanmar is 90% Buddhist – could amount to ethnic cleansing.

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muslims in myanmar seem to be more important than muslims in yemen..as per the UN..

“UN leaders have described the campaign as having all the hallmarks of “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya, a stateless group that has endured years of persecution and repression.”

step up aung..

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6 Responses to “Army chief calls for unity over Rohingya”

  1. Russia, Thailand sign military cooperation agreement, Sept.14

    http://tass.com/defense/965543

    • Russia and Thailand have significantly stepped up defense and security ties recently. In May 2016, Moscow and Bangkok signed an agreement on military cooperation. Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan visited Russia twice in 2016.
      Russian Ground Forces Commander-in-Chief Colonel General Oleg Salyukov visited Thailand in March 2017. A visit of such a high-ranking Russian military officer to the Thai kingdom took place for the first time in the past ten years.

  2. surprise – surprise!

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