United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed “shock” at comments by Burma’s military chief in which he said the Rohingya minority shared nothing in common with the rest of the population and that their demand for citizenship had stoked recent violence.
“There have been incidents of persons inciting hatred against the Tatmadaw,” the commander-in-chief told a military gathering in Putao.
During a visit to Thailand, Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing talked to Bangkok Post reporters on the occasion of his receiving a royal decoration from Thailand, the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant.
“It is most likely that terrorist organisations based in other countries are backing the ARSA extremist Bengali terrorists,” he said.
Burma’s army has denied accusations of murder, rape, torture and forced displacement that have been made against it.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was unequivocal in rejecting allegations of human rights abuses in Arakan State as he met yesterday with his Malaysian counterpart in Naypyidaw. “Myanmar security forces have never committed any human rights violations such as illegal killing, rape and arson attack, and investigation is being made in cooperation with the relevant …