UN chief, Security Council call on Myanmar to end violence
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the situation in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine was best described as ethnic cleansing.
UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Myanmar authorities to end violence against the majority-Buddhist country’s Rohingya Muslims that has forced some 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.
Guterres said the situation in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine was best described as ethnic cleansing.
“When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, could you find a better word to describe it?” he told a news conference.
“I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law, and recognise the right of return of all those who had to leave the country,” said Guterres, adding that he had spoken several times with Myanmar’s national leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
The exodus of refugees, sparked by the security forces’ fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks on 25 August is the most pressing problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming leader last year.