FM to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh over Rakhine situation
The Jakarta Post
Teary One of the Somali pirate hostage survivors, Elson Pesireron (left), hugs his family member as teary Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (right) witnesses in Jakarta on Monday. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)
“It is our hope that the Myanmar government will provide details on the developments in Rakhine. Receiving updates directly from the State Counsellor is a good start.”
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The ASEAN response, a first for the bloc, has been in the works since Retno’s tête-à-tête with Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw on Dec. 6, and was further consolidated after a senior officials meeting in Bali.
After concluding Monday’s retreat, the minister said she would leave for Dhaka where she would be meeting with Minister Mahmood Ali the next day to discuss the Rohingya situation.
Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, has been the object of growing international criticism for her perceived lack of action to stop the military’s alleged persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
More than 20,000 Rohingya have fled over the border to Bangladesh, reporting that Rohingyas have been the victims of rape, murder and arson. Their claims have been denied by government officials.
The military’s crackdown followed attacks on Oct. 9 by Rohingyan militants on police posts along the Myanmar border with Bangladesh, leaving nine officers dead. (jun)
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