Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to condemn Burmese military's handling of Rohingyas and said the government needed to assess allegations and counter-allegations of atrocities "to find out what the real problems are" during her speech on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar on Tuesday.
In a television speech, the Noble Laureate gave a detailed explanation on the mass exodus and killing of the Rohingyas from the Rakhine state of Myanmar which the United Nations had branded as ethnic cleansing.
Suu Kyi avoided using the term "Rohingya" - a word which many in the Buddhist-majority nation refuse to use.
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Rohingya Muslims have faced persecution in Myanmar for decades, but attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces on August 25 sparked the fresh violence against the minority group. However, Aung San Suu Kyi, a symbol of civil resistance for democratization of country during 15 years of her house arrest received support of democratic world, has not spoken to military power in behalf of this persecuted minority.
Addressing the media in capital Naypyitaw, Suu Kyi said that Myanmar has invited the global community to lead a commission that would help resolve long-standing problems in the Rakhine state.
Suu Kyi studied at the University of Oxford in the 1960s. Hate and fear are main scourges.
The leader further added, "We would like to find out why this exodus is happening, would like to talk to the people who have fled".
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She said she felt "deeply" for the suffering of "all people" in the conflict but said most Rohingya had opted to stay in Burma so the situation could not be as severe as has been alleged. "We have invited Dr. Kofi Annan to lead a commission that would help us resolve long-standing problems in Rakhine", Suu Kyi added.
Marzuki Darusman decried stepped-up violence in Myanmar over the last month that has caused more than 400,000 people to flee, and asked the United Nations -backed Human Rights Council for a six-month extension until next September for his team's first written report.
And she said Muslims were not the only religious groups impacted by the recent conflict, noting that several other ethnic and religious groups have also fled the fighting.
Almost 214 villages in Myanmar's Rakhine state have been completely destroyed, satellite images released by an worldwide rights body revealed on Tuesday. 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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