Myanmar rejects use of ‘genocide’ at UN to describe Rakhine crisis

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:28 GMT, Sep 26, 2017 |

Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations on Monday (September 25) rejected the use of “atrocities, ethnic cleansing and genocide” to characterize the situation in Rakhine State.

The United Nations has described a sweeping military response to those attacks as “ethnic cleansing” aimed at driving Rohingya out of Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Myanmar rejects that, saying it is fighting terrorists.

“There is no ethnic cleansing. There is no genocide,” Myanmar’s U.N. Ambassador Hau Do Suan told the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Monday. “The leaders of Myanmar who have long been striving for freedom and human rights would not espouse such policies.”

“We will do everything to prevent ethnic cleansing and genocide,” the diplomat said. “It is the responsibility of every government to fight against terrorism and protect innocent civilians. We condemn all human rights violations and violent acts.”

Myanmar said before the mass graves were found that more than 400 people had been killed, most of them insurgents.

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