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MYANMAR' s ambassador rejects accusations of ethnical purification
Burma is the target of terrorist and "false media" reports on the Rohingya crises in Rakhine state, said the country's VOA envoy to the United States. As Aung Lynn said, the country's safety force did not over-react when they reacted to the Rohingya fighters' attack on August 25. Nearly 390,000 Rohingya Muslims have escaped to Bangladesh since then because their communities have been burnt and depred.
United Nations call the explosion "ethnic cleansing", and the helpers reported an overload of ressources in the asylum-camp. The UN said Thursday that 40 per cent of the Rohingya had escaped their houses in Rakhine, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the violent action against them must stop.
Aung Lynn said, "There may be many perpetrators of terrorist acts that took place last months. Rejecting to give Sarah Zaman of the VOA Urdu Ministry an estimation of the number of members of the Arakhan Rohingya Salvation Army who took the blame for the August 25 atrocities. "I' m not arguing with the numbers, but if humans are innocent, guiltless village dwellers, they have no need to escape their villages," he said.
Many Rohingya are protected by Myanmar's police force; they only have to ask for help, he said. Nonetheless, many fugitives and multinational reporters have heard of safety workers who played a pioneering role in the cremation of many towns. He said on several occasions that the world' s leading daily newspaper did not report on the whole affair and that relief organizations would have to work with Myanmar to get a clear view.
The number of Buddhist and Hindus who had escaped from Rakhine was little known, he said. "Aung Lynn said we don't want to fight with the wrong people." The Rohingya community's publicity was to blame for the increasing global concerns about the war.
"There are very few available means. The other side has no comparison with the other side's capabilities in this situation," the embassador said. VOA asked if he thought that Rohingya had more means than his administration, he said: "You can make your own judgement. "Aung Lynn said Myanmar is ready to take back all "real villagers" who want to come back if they can "prove that they want to be peaceful and in tune with all other communities".
" They would, however, have to demonstrate that they meet the nationality requirement. This could be tricky because Myanmar has refused Rohingya nationality since 1982, although many homes have been in the nation for generation. Putting on the Rohingya the blame for the question of nationality, he said that the administration allows them to claim nationality but that they do not cooperate with the state.
"You want to be known as Rohingyas, and since we do not have the Rohingya naming system in the nationality procedure, that is why things are not progressing," said the embassador. Bamar Buddhist community predominates, but the regime recognises more than 100 minorities. Rohingya, however, are not recognised; the administration generally regards them as Bangladeshi immigrants, and many Bengalese call them.
As Aung Lynn said, those who apply for nationality could leave out ethnic information on their application form. "When they really want to become Myanmar residents, when they fulfill the demands, they will become Myanmar citizens," he said. For years, the German embassy has tried to solve the Rohingya-problem.
Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled her participation in next week's UN General Assembly in New York. Suu Kyi made it clear to Aung Lynn that Myanmar is working to resolve the peril. The Nobel Peace Prize winner said he would be meeting representatives of the United Nations and others in Myanmar next weekend to work towards this objective.
But he said the Burmese population feels like a victim of the war. We are the ones with the very scarce natural resource and we have been cohabiting with different human beings for centuries," said Aung Lynn. Since the end of Britain's occupation in 1947, however, Myanmar has waged several battles against other communities, such as the Karen, the Kachin and the Shan.