Aung San Suu Kyi admits Rohingya crisis 'could have been handled better'

Visitors flocked to Myanmar after western sanctions were lifted 2012

Visitors flocked to Myanmar after western sanctions were lifted 2012

The UN began work on Wednesday inside Myanmar's violence-torn northern Rakhine State, the first time its agencies have been granted permission to operate there since more than 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the area previous year.

"If we believe in the rule of law, they have every right to appeal the judgment and to point out why the judgment was wrong, Suu Kyi said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi". "But we believe that for the sake of long-term stability and security we have to be fair to all sides.We can not choose and pick who should be protected by the rule of law". Normally, a country's foreign minister would speak in the absence of its top leader, but because Suu Kyi also holds the foreign ministry portfolio, Myanmar's speaker is likely to one of the two Cabinet ministers who 7 Days said would attend the meeting, Kyaw Tin and Kyaw Tint Swe.

Vice President Mike Pence has appealed for the reporters, U Wa Lone and U Kyaw Soe Oo, to be released, adding his voice to a chorus of global condemnation of the sentencing.

Aung San Suu Kyi, a former dissident and Nobel Peace laureate who became Myanmar's de facto civilian leader after her party swept elections in 2015, has been harshly criticized for failing to stop or even acknowledge the atrocities carried out against the Rohingya.

Bangladesh and Myanmar reached a deal in November to begin repatriation within two months, but it has not started, with stateless Rohingya still crossing the border.

"There are, of course, ways in which we, with hindsight, would think the situation might have been handled better, but we believe that for the sake of long-term security and stability we have to be fair to all sides", Ms. Suu Kyi said.


"What I want to know is whether they feel there has been a miscarriage of justice", Suu Kyi said of the widely pilloried trial that was riddled with irregularities. "We can not choose and pick who should be protected by the rule of law".

But he also said he wished Aung San Suu Kyi had talked more about investment, "especially to Rakhine State". The journalists were investigating the killing of Rohingya villagers by security forces at the time of their arrest last December, and had pleaded not guilty.

United Nations investigators last month said Myanmar's military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya with "genocidal intent", and that the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under worldwide law.

"We just have to makes sure that we make enough progress between now and then for the people to decide that they can safely continue to give us the responsibility to look after our country", she said.

To attribute brutal killings of a minority, a "situation", the statement truly echoes why Aung San Suu Kyi has lost her place in the much of worldwide standings. Seven Burmese soldiers have since been sentenced to ten years of hard labour for their role in the crime. "On all these counts, the trial of the Reuters journalists failed the test".

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