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News code: 24689
Published Date: Monday 12 February 2018 - 14:42:46
British FM:

Aung Sun Suu Kyi doesn't understand horror of Rohingya crisis

Aung Sun Suu Kyi doesn't understand horror of Rohingya crisis
World  - The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson discussed the refugee crisis with Miss Suu Kyi and said the situation was "absolutely devastating".

Boris Johnson has described the 'sheer devastation' of burned out villages in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Around 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh following ethnic violence in the country, with troops accused of horrific widespread abuses.

During a visit, Johnson said he spoke to de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi about the situation during a visit to Myanmar this week.

However, he suggested that she didn't quite understand the 'full horror' of what had taken place there.

'I don't think it has come through to her, the full extent, the horror of what has happened, the sheer devastation,' the Foreign Secretary said.

'I don't know whether you've ever seen anything like it done by mankind against our fellow man. I've seen nothing like it in my life.

'Hundreds, hundreds of villages torched. It's absolutely devastating and I think that what is needed now is some leadership, some calm, but some leadership working with the UN agencies to get these people back home.'

Johnson added that villagers were so frightened, they couldn't say who had burned their homes.

He said: 'We had this farcical account that villagers themselves had set light to their homes. The villagers themselves thought that was absurd.

'I believe she (Suu Kyi) can still make a change and make a difference, but to do that she needs to get the agencies in, get the refugees back home in a way that is safe and voluntary and dignified.'

Speaking after his meeting with Suu Kyi, he said: 'The UK is already a major donor to the humanitarian crisis.

'We will continue to use all our diplomatic tools and influence on the global stage to find a way to provide a better future for the Rohingya community.

'I encouraged her efforts to broker a nationwide peace settlement to put to an end 70 years of conflict in her homeland.'


News Code: 24689
Published Date: Monday 12 February 2018 - 14:42:46
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