Rohingya activist: Suu Kyi is denying our existence

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Rohingya activist: Suu Kyi is denying our existence

The Rohingya refugee crisis is high on the agenda of the Asia-Europe Meeting for foreign ministers, which has kicked off in Myanmar.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has expressed her hope that Bangladesh and Myanmar would reach a decision to sign an MoU and agreement on the safe repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homeland Myanmar.

On Saturday, Wang told reporters in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, where he met with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, that the Rohingya crisis should be solved bilaterally between Myanmar and Bangladesh, and should not involve outside parties.

More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar's Rakhine State.

A diplomatic source said concern has emerged that extremist groups are beginning to infiltrate refugee camps to recruit fighters.

Reacting to Aung San Suu Kyi's speech, Ro Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya activist based in Germany, said her statement was nothing but a "denial of our existence". She said the European bloc was ready to help with the process.

"Speakers, in general, agreed in many areas and asked for immediate cessation of hostilities, halting of outflow, early return of externally displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh, implementation of recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission for durable solutions", said a foreign ministry press release.

The campaign has been described by the United Nations as "ethnic cleansing" and drawn widespread outrage from the worldwide community.

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) - China's foreign minister said Sunday that the global community must help fight poverty and promote development in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee amid a military crackdown.

Second, the worldwide community should encourage Myanmar and Bangladesh to keep communication channels open in a bid to find a feasible solution to the issue, he said.

The EU chief also called for a solution to the crisis and backed a plan by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan, who called for more investment to achieve community-directed growth and alleviate poverty in Rakhine.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been subjected to unjust criticism over the military's crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group, according to the country's Catholic Church leader. But her speech highlighted the views of many in the country who see the Rohingya as immigrants who arrived illegally and accuse them of terrorist acts.

"First is to have a cease-fire and to restore order and stability, so the people could stop running away and live in peace", Wang said.

The ministerial meeting came as China called for a three-phase solution to the issue so that Rohingya Muslim refugees could return to Myanmar from neighboring Bangladesh.

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