Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi believes the term ethnic cleansing is too strong to describe the fate of the Rohingyas community in Rakhine State, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
“I do not think ethnic cleansing is going on,” Aung San Suu Kyi said in an interview with the BBC, while a journalist asked her if, as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, she could Ignore ethnic cleansing in one’s own country.
“I think the expression of ethnic cleansing is too strong to describe what is happening,” she said, while management of the crisis in the western region was ” Subject of international criticism.
Since the start of operations in October in response to attacks at border posts by an insurgent group, more than 75,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.
A UN report published in February found massive and systematic killings and rapes carried out by the Burmese army against the Muslim minority and the murder of children of all ages, Including babies, women and the elderly.
The Burmese army has denied these accusations and said it is engaged in justified counter-insurgency operations.
“What we are trying to achieve is reconciliation, not condemnation. These are Muslims killing other Muslims, “said the Burmese leader at the BBC.
About 1.1 million Rohingyas live in conditions close to apartheid in Arakan, a state with a majority of Buddhists. Their fate is the subject of recurring frictions between Burma and Bangladesh.