Tuesday 16 October 2018

Johnson presses Suu Kyi on Rohingya plight

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, meets Myanmar’s Foreign Minster Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Ministry of Information via AP
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, meets Myanmar’s Foreign Minster Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Ministry of Information via AP

Shaun Connolly in Bangkok

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has held top level talks with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rohingya refugee crisis.

More than 600,000 men, women and children are estimated to have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh following persecution from the Myanmar military in their native state of Rakhine, which began in August.

During a visit to Myanmar, Mr Johnson said his hour-long meeting with Ms Suu Kyi had centred on the refugee situation.

"I spoke to her about my own experience witnessing the terrible conditions of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and my deep concern about their future," Mr Johnson said.

"I underlined the importance of the Burmese authorities carrying out a full and independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine, and to hold to account those responsible for human rights violations.

"I underlined the urgency of creating the conditions in Rakhine that could make it a safe place for the Rohingya refugees to return to, free from fear, and in the knowledge that their basic rights will be respected and upheld."

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