Stop military campaign against Rohingya muslims: UN Chief

New York: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Myanmar to put an end to its military campaign against Rohingya Muslims just hours after its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, failed to allay international concerns over the ongoing ethnic cleansing in the Southeast Asian country.

Addressing the 72nd annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Guterres said he “took note” of Suu Kyi’s promise to abide by the recommendations of a report by former UN chief, Kofi Annan, that underlined the need for granting citizenship to the Rohingya. “But let me be clear.” More than 420,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state in what the United Nations has described as “ethnic cleansing.

The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations and allow unhindered humanitarian access ,” Guterres emphasized, adding, “We are all shocked by the dramatic escalation of sectarian tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.”

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