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Myanmar ‘could have dealt better’ with Rohingya crisis

Jailed: Wa Lone (left) and Kyaw Soe
Oo were imprisoned this month PICTURES: AP

MYANMAR’S handling of its Rohingya Muslims ‘could have been better’, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and leader Aung San Suu Kyi said.

The country is facing international pressure over atrocities allegedly committed by its military in the crackdown that followed August 2017 attacks by Rohingya militants on security forces. The army is accused of mass rape, killings and setting fire to thousands of homes.

A UN report issued two weeks ago recommended prosecuting its commanders for genocide and other crimes.

‘With hindsight I think the situation could have been handled better,’ said Ms Suu Kyi during a World Economic Forum discussion in Hanoi. But she backed security forces, saying that all groups in Rakhine state had to be protected.

Ms Suu Kyi (pictured) said Myanmar is ready to take back those who fled. However aid workers have said it is not safe for refugees to return.

She also rejected criticism over two Reuters journalists imprisoned after exposing the killings of ten Rohingya men and boys. They were both jailed for seven years for possessing state secrets. ‘The case has been held in open court,’ she said. ‘If anyone feels there has been a miscarriage of justice, I would like them to point it out.’