China's huge Rakhine investment behind its tacit backing of Myanmar on Rohingyas
Sep 27, 2017, 00:31
"We can certainly take pride in the continuous efforts by the Malaysian government to highlight the massacre of the Rohingya people through targeted persecution by the Myanmar military", he said in a statement.
The chair's statement did not state that the Rohingya are a Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist population of Myanmar, Malaysia pointed out.
Regarding the ASEAN statement's condemnation of attacks by Rohingya militants' against Myanmar security forces on August 25, Anifah said Malaysia does too, but it recognizes that the Myanmar military's crackdown have been "disproportionate", leading to the "deaths of many innocent civilians" and causing the mass exodus to Bangladesh.
The latest string of violence in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state began on August 25 when Rohingya insurgents reportedly attacked various police posts and an army base.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, in a statement Monday, said the ASEAN statement was issued after "extensive consultations with Malaysia" and taking into account the sentiments of the other members of the 10-member regional bloc.
Rights groups say there is overwhelming evidence that the Army is using its crackdown on militants to systematically purge the 1.1-million strong stateless Rohingya from its borders, as per PTI.
The Foreign Ministers of Asean made the decision to issue the statement on Saturday during a closed-door meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (72nd UNGA) in NY.
He said a commission led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan that called for economic development and social justice to counter deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine has provided the government with "a clear roadmap" ahead.
Yet another mass grave containing bodies of 17 more Hindus has been discovered in Myanmar's conflict-torn northern Rakhine state.
"Many villagers had been intimidated to flee to Bangladesh side so that they can attract global attention".
The ASEAN statement was issued after extensive consultations with Malaysia, the DFA added.
Anifah's statement was the second this month criticizing ASEAN's handling of the crisis in Rakhine state. "This demonstrates a new level of maturity on how we implement ASEAN's consensus principle when confronted with issues affecting national interests". "It's the failure of the Philippines to attempt to reflect the views of all ASEAN member states".
Suan also described as "extremely complex" the issue of Rakhine state and called on United Nations member states as well as the worldwide community "to see the situation in northern Rakhine objectively and in an unbiased manner".
Myanmar's government claims it is fighting militants in the area, but the United Nations says the situation is better described as the "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya Muslims, whom the government refuses to recognize as citizens despite the fact that the 1.1-million-strong population has been living in the country for generations.
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