Suu Kyi condemns abuses in Rohingya region, UN seeks access

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In a much anticipated televised national address on Tuesday morning, the former Nobel Peace Prize victor chose not to "apportion blame" for the Rohingya crisis, despite mounting evidence that the Myanmar military has carried out ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

Myanmar's Rohingya crisis has escalated over the past three weeks, with the United Nations estimating more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims having fled the hostility in Rakhine to Bangladesh.

She condemned the "human rights violations, unlawful violence' on Rakhine state and said the country 'feels deeply for suffering" of all groups there.

She announced that Myanmar was ready to start a refugee verification process for those Rohingya Muslims who wished to return home.

In an exclusive interview to ANI, the UNICEF Deputy Representative said, "She (Aung San Suu Kyi) is welcoming the collaboration with the global community, and with the United Nations".

They warned of potential action against Myanmar if she did not move to end a campaign against the Rohingya minority.

Aung San Suu Kyi said there had been "no armed clashes or clearance operations" since September 5.

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Meanwhile, Suu Kyi also expressed her deep sadness for all groups who have been displaced by violence, saying that anyone responsible for spreading brutality in troubled Rakhine State would face the law.

Vikram Mishri, India's Ambassador to Myanmar, said Suu Kyi's address was "encouraging" and contained a "very positive message".

"There has been much concern around the world with regard to the situation in Rakhine", she said.

The violence was said to be in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts and an army camp, which killed a dozen people on 25 August.

Meanwhile, United Nations investigators on Tuesday said they needed "full and unfettered access" to Myanmar to assess the situation prevailing in the country, reported AFP.

Fellow Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai - who incidentally was recently accepted into Oxford University - has urged Suu Kyi to condemn and stop violence as well as grant Rohingya Muslims citizenship. We will also investigate why so many young Muslims are crossing the border and going to Bangladesh. A sad coda to one who is denied now help to those most in need. "We will rise to the challenge over time", Suu Kyi said in her speech on Tuesday.

Responding to the criticism that Myanmar has been receiving for behaving brutally with the Rohingyas, Aung said that there have been false allegations and counter allegations on the nation the government has heard it all and strict action will be taken against the culprits irrespective of race and religion. Almost 40,000 of the refugees over the years have fled and settles in India, while around 16,000 are registered with the UN's refugee agency.

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