|Published : 28 Nov 2016, 21:17:36|
Suu Kyi calls off Indonesia trip amid Rohingya issues
Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi cancelled her Indonesia trip on Monday after protests there over her country’s renewed crackdown on its Rohingya minority.
Foreign affairs spokesman Kyaw Zaya said the protests, including another set for Friday in Jakarta that is also expected to touch on the Rohingya crisis, contributed to Ms. Suu Kyi’s decision to postpone her visit, which was planned for that same day, reports Wall Street Journal.
Adding to the tensions, Indonesian police in recent days arrested several alleged Islamic State sympathisers they say were suspected of planning bomb attacks on several buildings in Jakarta, including the Myanmar Embassy.
The Rohingya, like the vast majority of Indonesians, are Muslim.
Hundreds have fled the northern reaches of the state of Rakhine since the purge began in early October, after a group of militant Rohingyas attacked security outposts in the area, killing nine police and seizing firearms.
Satellite images released this month by US-based Human Rights Watch, and video footage smuggled out by Rohingya activists, show villages in the area around Maungdaw being torched as the stream of refugees grows.
Aid agencies and journalists have been barred from the area, where more than 150,000 people have now been left without food or medical care as the Myanmar armed forces conduct what they describe as “clearance operations.” At least 69 insurgents have been killed, authorities say. - IH