Day: September 19, 2012
DASSK _Rohingya : NLD is not in a “position to decide what we do and how we operate because we are not a government.”
In an indirect reference to her relative silence on the Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi said earlier that many did not realize that her National League for Democracy (NLD), the main opposition party in parliament, was not in the government.
She said that the NLD is not in a “position to decide what we do and how we operate because we are not a government.”
“This needs to be understood by those who wish the NLD to do more.”
Updated at 6:30 p.m. EST on 2012-09-18
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called Tuesday for the removal of the “roots of hatred” that have fueled the conflict between ethnic Rakhines and Muslim Rohingyas in western Burma, saying the issue has to be resolved through respect for human rights and rule of law, and negotiations.
“Basically, whenever there is hate, there is fear. So, hate and fear are very closely related. You have to remove the roots of hatred—that is to say you have to address these issues that make people insecure and that make people threatened,” she told RFA’s Burmese service in an interview.
“Whenever people talk about conflict resolution, whatever kind of advice they give, there is one that is unavoidable—you have to talk to one another, you have to negotiate, you have to sort out your problems through speech rather than violence,” she said.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticized by rights groups for not speaking out more forcefully on the Rohingya issue following bloody violence between the Rohingya and Rakhine communities in Rakhine state in June, which killed 80 people and left tens of thousands displaced. read more http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/rohingya-09182012133807.html
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