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Myanmar's Suu Kyi says terrorism in Rakhine state a threat to region

2018-08-22 08:30
Terrorism remains a threat in Myanmar's Rakhine State and could have "grave consequences" for the region, said the Southeast Asian country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on August 21. In a lecture in Singapore, Suu Kyi did not mention by name the Rohingya Muslims, more than 700,000 of whom have fled northern Rakhine state to Bangladesh, following a military response to attacks on security posts by Rohingya insurgents. Suu Kyi said spaces have been mapped out for the resettlement of people returning from refugee camps in Bangladesh. However, she said it was difficult to set a time frame for their return, suggesting the onus was on Dhaka for the process to get started. Myanmar has rejected accusations of ethnic cleansing and dismissed most accounts of atrocities, blaming Rohingya "terrorists". Suu Kyi -- a Nobel peace prize laureate -- was once seen as the face of Myanmar's struggle for democracy, but has recently been criticised for her failure to speak out against the military crackdown, which the United Nations has called "ethnic cleansing." Credit: Reuters