YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar embattled leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has called for national unity and created a committee that will coordinate all international and local assistance in violence-struck Rakhine state.
More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from the state to neighboring Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when security forces responded to attacks by a militant Rohingya group with a broad crackdown on the long-persecuted Muslim minority. The U.N. has called the violence "textbook ethnic cleansing."
Suu Kyi said in a speech Thursday night that her government is holding talks with Bangladesh on the return of the refugees. She gave no details, but officials have suggested they would need to provide residency documents.
She said the new committee would coordinate all efforts to create a "peaceful and developed Rakhine state."