‘Last chance’ for Suu Kyi on Rohingya issue: UN


PV International Desk : United Nations chief said that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has “a last chance” to halt the army offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of the mainly Muslim Rohingya to flee abroad.
Antonio Guterres told the BBC that unless she acted now, “the tragedy will be absolutely horrible”.
The UN has warned the offensive could amount to ethnic cleansing.
Myanmar says it is responding to last month’s deadly attacks by militants and denies it is targeting civilians.
The military launched its operation after the attacks on police in the northern Rakhine state.
In an interview with BBC ahead of this week’s UN General Assembly, Guterres said Aung San Suu Kyi had a last chance to stop the offensive during her address to the nation on Tuesday.
“If she does not reverse the situation now, then I think the tragedy will be absolutely horrible, and unfortunately then I don’t see how this can be reversed in the future.”
The secretary-general reiterated that the Rohingya should be allowed to return home.
He also said it was clear that Myanmar’s military “still have the upper hand” in the country, putting pressure “to do what is being done on the ground” in Rakhine.
Aung San Suu Kyi – a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent many years under house arrest in the junta-run Myanmar (Burma) – is now facing growing criticism over the Rohingya issue.