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Asean leaders upbraid Suu Kyi in private but stand by Myanmar

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Asean leaders upbraid Suu Kyi in private but stand by Myanmar

By SUPALAK GANJANAKHUNDEE 
THE NATION 
SINGAPORE

 

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United States Vice-President Mike Pence (L) and Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) attends the 13th East Asian Summit at the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related meetings in Singapore yesterday. //EPA-EFE

 

THE ASEAN BLOC is standing by Myanmar for repatriation of thousands of Rohingya from Bangladesh despite grave concerns raised by leaders and partners at the summit even as the refugees yesterday continued to resist the return.
 

The Asean chairman’s statement issued after the summit indicated that the group noted the recent agreement reached by Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate the first batch of verified refugees to Myanmar. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who chaired the summit, said Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders have expressed their respective positions on the matter. 

 

“I think Myanmar understands the anxiety the other countries feel about the matter, and I believe State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi made an effective pitch expressing the complexity of the situation and how Myanmar tries its best in order to make some progress,” Lee told a press conference after the summit yesterday.

 

Under the agreement between Dhaka and Nay Pyi Taw, 485 Rohingya families – a total of 2,260 people – are to be returned to Myanmar starting by the middle of this month. Myanmar has said that it will process 150 returnees per day. 

 

Speaking to The Nation by phone, Siyeed Alam, chairman of Rohingya Association in Thailand, said many so-called verified Rohingya did not want to return to strife-torn Rakhine state as authorities have given them no guarantee of safety. “Many of them are now hiding in the jungle as officials are forcing them to return to their homes in Myanmar,” he said. “The repatriation is unlikely to happen on

schedule.” Reports on the repatriation were confused yesterday.

 

Trucks and buses were seen preparing to load the refugees. But as some refugees resisted, only those willingly to go back to Myanmar will be repatriated through land at Ghumdhum point of Bandarban, journalists were told by Mohammad Abul Kalam, Rehabilitation and Relief Commissioner, at a press briefing in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh yesterday morning. 

 

Rather than just simply pouring support behind the Myanmar government over the repatriation, Asean observers should go there to see what happens next, Rohingya leader Siyeed said. More than 700,000 people have been taking refuge in Bangladesh since August last year when a militant attack on security posts in Rakhine state prompted a disproportionate military “clearance operation”. 

 

The violence killed thousands of people, including a huge number who were victims of atrocities, including massacres, rapes and arson. The United Nations investigations indicated that genocide took place and called for the case to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

 

Leaders of Asean and partners reportedly used strong language in addressing the issue in meetings and conversations with Suu Kyi. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Suu Kyi attempted to defend what is indefensible. 

 

“I did mention the situation in Rakhine state. We urge efforts should be made to correct the wrongdoings,” he told Malaysian media on the sidelines of the summit.

 

Asean leaders in their statement said they wanted to see full implementation of a memorandum of understanding signed among Myanmar, the UN High Commission for Refugees and UN Development Programme to facilitate the repatriation process. Rohingya representatives should be invited to participate in examining and monitoring the repatriation process, said Thai Rohingya leader Siyeed.

 

Leaders of Asean and partners from Asia Pacific also yesterday discussed various regional and global issues, including the contentious South China Sea and creation of the world’s largest free-trade area better known as the China-centred Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

 

There was no major breakthrough on the two issues, leaving the task for Thailand as the next chair to carry on.

 

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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong applauds as Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha holds up the gavel during the closing ceremony of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 15, 2018. AFP PHOTO

 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said during the chairmanship handover ceremony that Thailand would steer Asean with the theme “advancing partnership for sustainability” in 2019.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/asean-plus/30358666

 
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2 hours ago, webfact said:

THE ASEAN BLOC is standing by Myanmar for repatriation of thousands of Rohingya from Bangladesh despite grave concerns raised by leaders and partners at the summit even as the refugees yesterday continued to resist the return.

course they do not want to go back; to get properly killed ?

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2 hours ago, YetAnother said:

course they do not want to go back; to get properly killed ?

IMHO if there was ever a case for the UN or a similar credible block to deeply interfere with the sovereignty of a country this is it.

 

In 2018 there can be no excuse for allowing, anywhere such abuses and killings and the planners and perpetrators should be tried by an international court and if guilty punished.

 

Will the UN take action? No, they are a toothless joke,n expensive talkfest, not even trying to uphold the very purpose of their existence. 

 

And ASEAN leaders should be totally ashamed that they look the other way and ignore the serious plight of these people, they are human being and have every right to be treated with respect, dignity and care. 

 

Some will say they have been violent, well what can you expect given the unbelievable atrocities they have been subjected to over a long period of time.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, scorecard said:

IMHO if there was ever a case for the UN or a similar credible block to deeply interfere with the sovereignty of a country this is it.

 

In 2018 there can be no excuse for allowing, anywhere such abuses and killings and the planners and perpetrators should be tried by an international court and if guilty punished.

 

Will the UN take action? No, they are a toothless joke,n expensive talkfest, not even trying to uphold the very purpose of their existence. 

 

And ASEAN leaders should be totally ashamed that they look the other way and ignore the serious plight of these people, they are human being and have every right to be treated with respect, dignity and care. 

 

Some will say they have been violent, well what can you expect given the unbelievable atrocities they have been subjected to over a long period of time.

 

 

 

they will not take action bc rohingya is muslim. if they were christian or buddhist and if muslim people were killing them, UN, US and all others will be all over Myanmar!

and sure sent an army there to eradicate the wrongdoers.

double standards and alligator tears, nothing else and tens of thousands were killed in the hands of some bloody people calling themselves buddhist.

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The UN is toothless, ASEAN is toothless and Aung San Suu Kyi is also toothless now...

Myanmar is lead and run by the military who refused to give up power in a so called move of democracy..

plying for international aid & investment to pour money into the country to lift it out of poverty while the leaders fill their bank balances with the benefits of years of corruption !

The whole world should put Myanmar on hold until the regime is changed for good.... only a true democratic freely elected government proven to work for the people and lead the population into the future.

 

 

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Burma put Suu Kyi on the stage. She is nothing more than a token leader. It's sad really that after all of her real struggle that world leaders and award giving institutions don't recognize the fact that her hands are still tied in many 

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1 hour ago, hotchilli said:

The whole world should put Myanmar on hold until the regime is changed for good.... only a true democratic freely elected government proven to work for the people and lead the population into the future.

We agree & did put Thailand on hold back in 2016 & left for basically the same reasons.

 

 

 

 

 

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17 minutes ago, meechai said:

We agree & did put Thailand on hold back in 2016 & left for basically the same reasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 you left because Thailand is run by the junta? or was there other reasons that effected your personal life or business? just curious?

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3 hours ago, NickJ said:

Burma put Suu Kyi on the stage. She is nothing more than a token leader. It's sad really that after all of her real struggle that world leaders and award giving institutions don't recognize the fact that her hands are still tied in many 

i dont believe that.

she has international and domestic recognition now. before she resisted the fascists in myanmar with nothing and now with more power in her hand both domestically and internationally, she could do a lot better.

she is totally responsible for this genocide and history books will write her this way.

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LKY's son seems to have dropped a bit further from the tree. Singapore core and all that jazz, starting to lean towards all the other despots in the vicinity.

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7 hours ago, NickJ said:

Burma put Suu Kyi on the stage. She is nothing more than a token leader. It's sad really that after all of her real struggle that world leaders and award giving institutions don't recognize the fact that her hands are still tied in many 

Well put, the west really haven't got a clue. 

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7 hours ago, NickJ said:

Burma put Suu Kyi on the stage. She is nothing more than a token leader. It's sad really that after all of her real struggle that world leaders and award giving institutions don't recognize the fact that her hands are still tied in many 

She's little more than a charlatan and phony.

Some of us were wise to this years ago and most were duped.

 

Nobel Peace Prize, indeed.

 

 

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23 hours ago, mike324 said:

 you left because Thailand is run by the junta? or was there other reasons that effected your personal life or business? just curious?

Yes but not initially

We initially thought the people would step up & take their country back or  the junta would step down same as in past coup d'etats

 

But after 2 years we decided yes not to support it.. which by staying of course we would

be supporting/agreeing with it thru our action/acceptance whether we said so or not.

 

A small perhaps meaningless vote but ours none the less

We have come back once in two years to visit family who do  not have the option

 

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