Suu Kyi working to get aid to Rohingya: US Senate leader McConnell

Suu Kyi working to get aid to Rohingya: US Senate leader McConnell

Suu Kyi working to get aid to Rohingya: US Senate leader McConnell

The bulk of United Kingdom aid money will go to Bangladesh to fund food, shelter, water and sanitation for the estimated 370,000 Rohingya Muslims thought to have crossed the border in the past fortnight.

McConnell, whose Republicans control majorities in both houses of Congress, repeated earlier criticism of a resolution introduced in the US Senate urging Suu Kyi to do more for Burma's ethnic minority Rohingya population, and lessening the chance that any such measure could pass.

He added: "This violence must stop, this persecution must stop".

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Johnson also called on Myanmar's de facto leader to use her "moral capital" to highlight the plight of the Rohingyas.

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"We appreciate the hard and complex situation that Aung San Suu Kyi finds herself in", Tillerson said, alluding to the power sharing agreement that gives military leaders vast influence over the country's affairs, "and I think it is important that the global community speak out in support of what we all know the expectation is towards the treatment of people, regardless of their ethnicity".

"Members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the situation in the Rakhine state, acknowledging the initial attack on Myanmar security forces on 25 August they condemned the subsequent violence which has led to over 370,000 people being displaced", Alemu said.

A crackdown by Myanmar's army, launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25, has pushed vast numbers of refugees from the stateless Muslim minority across the border. Her power, however, is hamstrung by a power-sharing arrangement with the country's powerful military.

"It is vital for her to make clear that this is an abomination and that those people will be allowed back to Burma - and that preparation is being made and the abuse of their human rights and the killings will stop".

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