Wednesday, March 28, 2018

More Myanmar Disharmony

Myanmar's Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said in a speech to military personnel and their families last week in northern Kachin State that Rohingya "do not have any characteristics or culture in common with the ethnicities of Myanmar", The military chief also said the tensions in Rakhine were "fuelled because the Bengalis demanded citizenship", using a term that Rohingya activists reject as implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The army chief is an influential figure under Myanmar's constitution.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement he was "shocked" at the comments, and urged "all leaders in Myanmar to take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote communal harmony".

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