| 30.03,18. 08:18 PM |
UN chief ’shocked’ by top Myanmar general’s comments on Rohingya
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed shock over Myanmar army chief’s reported remarks that Rohingyas have nothing in common with the country’s other ethnic groups, calling on the leaders to take a unified stance against incitement to hatred, according to Reuters.
General U Min Aung Hlaing, during a speech to a military gathering in Kachin State, referred to the ethnic Rohingya community as "Bengalis", according to a report in the Dhaka Tribune.
The report quoted him as saying that the "Bengalis do not have any characteristics or culture in common with the ethnicities of Myanmar. The tensions (in Rakhine State) were fuelled because the ’Bengalis’ demanded citizenship.”
In a statement issued yesterday by the spokesman, Guterres expressed shock at the reports of remarks attributed to Hlaing.
The UN Chief urged "all leaders in Myanmar to take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote communal harmony," the statement issued by Guterres’s spokesperson said.
He said such leadership is critically needed to advance institutional measures to combat discrimination and implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been driven into neighboring Bangladesh since last August in the wake of a military crackdown in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.