Suu Kyi urges people ‘not to quarrel’ on Rakhine visit

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PV International Desk : Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday (Nov 2) urged people “not to quarrel” during her first visit to Rakhine State since a military crackdown that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee in neighboring Bangladesh.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile in responding to what U.N. officials have called “ethnic cleansing” by the army.
Myanmar has rejected the accusations of ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces launched a counter-insurgency operation after Rohingya militants attacked 30 security posts in northern Rakhine on Aug. 25.
On Thursday, amid heightened security, Suu Kyi boarded a military helicopter at Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, to be taken to Maungdaw, one of districts worst hit by the violence.
Suu Kyi met a group of Muslim religious leaders, said Chris Lewa, of the Arakan Project monitoring group, citing Rohingya sources.
Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled predominantly Buddhist Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh since late August to escape violence in the wake of a military counter-insurgency operation launched after Rohingya militants attacked security posts in Rakhine State.
Talks with Bangladesh have yet to deliver a pact on a repatriation process made more complex because Myanmar has long denied citizenship to the Rohingya.
On Tuesday, Myanmar came forward with a hilarious claim that Bangladesh could be stalling the start of repatriation to first get millions of dollars of international aid money.