March 2018
2:38 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
International News
Tillerson says broad Myanmar sanctions won't solve Rohingya crisis
Naypyidaw, Nov 15 (AFP) Washington's top diplomat today said he would not yet push for sanctions against Myanmar over the Rohingya refugee crisis, but he called for an independent investigation into "credible" reports that soldiers committed atrocities against the Muslim minority.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was speaking after a one-day stop in Naypyidaw, as global outrage builds over impunity for a military accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya.

Speaking by his side, Myanmar's de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi hit back at global criticism that she has been silent over the refugee crisis, saying she has instead focused on speech that avoids inflaming sectarian tensions.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled the mainly Buddhist country since the military launched a counter-insurgency operation in northern Rakhine state in late August.

While the army insists it has only targeted Rohingya rebels, refugees massing in grim Bangladeshi camps have described chilling and consistent accounts of widespread murder, rape and arson at the hands of security forces and Buddhist mobs.

Speaking after meetings with the army chief and Suu Kyi, Tillerson said that broad economic sanctions are "not something that I'd think would be advisable at this time".

"We want to see Myanmar succeed," he told reporters. "You can't just impose sanctions and say therefore the crisis is over."

But he said Washington was "deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and vigilantes" and urged Myanmar to accept an independent investigation into those allegations, after which individual sanctions could be appropriate.

"The scenes of what occurred out there are just horrific," he added.

Both the army and Suu Kyi's administration have dismissed reports of atrocities and refused to grant entry to UN investigators charged with probing allegations of ethnic cleansing.

But Washington has been careful to focus blame on the military rather than Suu Kyi, whose fledgling civilian administration is in a delicate power-sharing arrangement with the army.

Though she lacks any say in security policy, the Nobel laureate has become a punching bag for rights groups disappointed by her failure to publicly criticise the military or defend Rohingya against rising Islamophobia, partyl because she was so outspoken during the junta years.

Suu Kyi, who rarely holds press conferences, addressed those criticisms today.

"I have not been silent... what people mean is what I say is not interesting enough," she told reporters.

"What I say is not meant to be exciting, it's meant to be accurate... not set people against each other."

Suu Kyi's defenders say she must tread lightly to avoid provoking a powerful army that could roll back democratic gains at any time.

The US was a major ally in the democratic opening that eventually led to Suu Kyi taking office after free elections in 2015, ending five decades of military dictatorship.

Washington rolled back junta-era trade bans and sanctions on military cronies at key points in the transition to encourage progress.

But the Rohingya crisis has pushed US lawmakers to propose a renewal of targeted military sanctions, including import bans on a jade trade run mostly by junta-era cronies.

Tillerson said he would review the bills upon return to Washington.

As anger over the plight of Rohingya mounts abroad, Myanmar's army has dug-in with its denial of abuses -- while also curbing access to the conflict zone.

Ahead of Tillerson's arrival the commander-in-chief published an internal probe that exonerated soldiers of all allegations, saying there was no evidence troops had killed civilians, raped women or used "excessive force" in Rakhine.

Rights groups blasted the report as an attempt to "whitewash" atrocities by a military with a long history of abuses, especially against ethnic minorities in border regions.

Palestinian teen gets prison for slapping Israeli soldier
Maldives president lifts state of emergency after 45 days
Famed Iranian philosopher Dariush Shayegan dies at age 83
US spending bill gets tough on Pak; incorporates Trump's security aid freeze
Obama shares parenting tips with New Zealand PM Ardern
As Facebook scandal mushrooms, Zuckerberg vows to 'step up'
Austrian diplomat summoned from Israel over 'Nazi' shirt
Sri Lanka Opposition submits no-confidence motion against PM
Suicide bomber kills 26 in Kabul attack: officials
North Korea's Kim congratulates Putin on election victory
EU seeks Facebook data breach probe
France's Nicolas Sarkozy held over Gaddafi funding claims
Fundamentals of China's economy are sound: Chinese Premier
US should not act emotionally on trade: Chinese Premier
Islamabad still mulling Kabul's offer of talks, overtures
US senator introduces bill aimed at protecting call centre jobs
Trump slams Iran government in Nowruz message to Iranians
Putin wins fourth term, opponents say vote rigged
Bangladesh Supreme Court cancels Khaleda Zia’s bail
Turkey-backed forces take 'total' control of Afrin
Stepfather abused me, says actress
 (Los Angeles, Mar 22, 2018): "This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz has opened up about her life in  
As an actor, it is my duty to innovate: Rani Mukerji
Watch Video: Fun filled trailer of 'Kuttanadan Marpappa' is here !
Irrfan Khan diagnosed with tumour
Bottled water to cost less in state
 (Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 22, 2018, DG): In a bid to provide respite from the scorching heat,
KCA takes in principle decision to host Ind-Windies ODI at Trivandrum
The Last Ride: Family dies in Chathannur accident / Video
Jackfruit declared as Kerala's official fruit
Over 400 people taken ill eating 'Prasad' in Howrah
 (Howrah (WB), Mar 22, 2018): More than 400 people were taken ill after eating 'bhog prasad'
Working for a grand, anti-BJP alliance: Sharad Yadav
Parliament proceedings washed out for 14th day in a row
Centre okays launch of National Health Protection scheme
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.