What did Aung San Suu Kyi say about ethnic cleansing?



2017-04-06T06:53:14.797Z
2017-04-06T06:53:14.797Z

Aung San Suu Kyi. edenpictures

How did the Burmese leader respond to criticisms that she hasn't been outspoken enough against ethnic cleansing?

Speaking to the BBC's Fergal Keane, the Myanmar leader said that did not agree that violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in her country constituted ethnic cleansing. She said:

"I don't think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening... I think there is a lot of hostility there - it is Muslims killing Muslims as well, if they think they are co-operating with the authorities... It is not just a matter of ethnic cleansing as you put it - it is a matter of people on different sides of the divide, and this divide we are trying to close up."

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