Myanmar supports the security crackdown on the Rohingya rebels, but the UN Secretary-General described the campaign, which forced some 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh, as “ethnic cleansing,” according to Reuters.
The Myanmar army launched its campaign in the western state of Rakhine after a series of self-defense attacks from Rohingya on security points and an army camp on Aug. 25 that killed about 10 people.
“China’s stance on the terrorist attacks in Rakhine is clear, this is only an internal affair,” the Chinese newspaper quoted a Chinese official as saying during a meeting with senior government officials, referring to the Rohingya defense against themselves. Repression.
“The counter-attacks launched by Myanmar security forces on extremist terrorists and the government’s pledges to help people are very welcome,” he said.
China has been competing with the United States for influence in Myanmar since 2011, after Myanmar emerged from the grip of military rule and emerged from economic and diplomatic isolation, which lasted for 50 years.
This week, the administration of US President Donald Trump called for the protection of civilians.
Violence in Rakhine and the departure of its Muslim Rohingya population has become the biggest pressing problem for Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate since she led the country last year.
Her critics called for her to be stripped of the Nobel Prize for not making efforts to stop the violence. He is scheduled to receive a speech on Tuesday.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council urged Myanmar on Wednesday to end the violence. Guterres said the best description of this is “ethnic cleansing”.
“When one third of the Rohingyas are forced to flee the country, can you find a better word to describe it?” He told a press conference in New York.
The government says it targets “terrorists” while refugees say the security crackdown aims to expel the Rohingya from Myanmar, which has a Buddhist majority.
Several Rohingya villages were burnt in northern Rakhine state, but authorities deny involvement of security forces or Buddhist residents. The government accuses the rebels of setting fires.
The government said on Wednesday the blaze had been set on fire in 45 locations and gave no details. But a spokesman said 176 of the 471 villages in northern Rakhine had been abandoned and at least some had left 34 other villages.
Spokesman Zaw Hatai said residents fleeing to Bangladesh were linked to rebels or women and children fleeing the conflict.
According to government figures, 432 people, most of them rebels, have been killed since August 25. The Bangladesh government says it found at least 100 bodies in a river on the border and nearby beaches, some of them wounded.
A Reuters reporter in Bangladesh said the smoke was rising from at least two locations across the border with Myanmar. It was not clear what was burning.
The term “ethnic cleansing” emerged during the war in the former Yugoslavia and was used in Security Council resolutions. It is also common in ICTY indictments and indictments according to the UN Office for the Prevention of Genocide.
A United Nations expert panel defined the term as “making a region ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to deport persons from certain groups”.