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Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses to Take Sides in Burma Ethnic Violence

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with European Commission President Manuel Barroso during their meeting in Naypyitaw, November 3, 2012. Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with European Commission President Manuel Barroso during their meeting in Naypyitaw, November 3, 2012.
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Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with European Commission President Manuel Barroso during their meeting in Naypyitaw, November 3, 2012.
Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with European Commission President Manuel Barroso during their meeting in Naypyitaw, November 3, 2012.
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Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has urged tolerance in response to a wave of ethnic violence in the west of the country, but says she will not take sides.

In an interview with the BBC Saturday, the Nobel Peace laureate said she does "not think one should use one's moral leadership" to promote a particular cause without looking into the sources of the problem.

She says advocates of both sides are displeased with her, but says the rule of law should be established as a first step before looking into other problems.

Aung San Suu Kyi spoke in the administrative capital of Naypyidaw after talks with European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso, who has said the European Union is deeply concerned about the ethnic violence and the consequences for Burma's reforms.

The U.N. chief in Rangoon, Ashok Nigam, said a week ago that more than 22,000 people had been displaced in a week of violence between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

New York-based Human Rights Watch has said that the fighting has disproportionately targeted Muslims. 

Some rights groups say the Burmese military, which has a long history of abusing minorities, unfairly targeted Muslims during the unrest.  Burma's government denies the charges.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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by: Heart from: Yangon
November 09, 2012 11:54 AM
I want the world to understand that Su Kyi's "yes" cannot represent the affairs of the ethnic conflict like in the Kachin State. I do worry that the world trusts Su Kyi and rely on her voice in looking at Myanmar. But, Su Kyi know nothing about what is happening in Kachin State where majority Kachins have been inflicted. I do acknowledge that many positive changes have been made by new government; and yet, Kachin State is even worse than before. Please come and see the people in Kachin State. Do just rely on what Su Kyi says. There are a lot of things that she doe not care about.


by: Maung Lwin from: Canada
November 06, 2012 6:51 PM
"Daw Aung Sann Suu Kyi is only "Our Leader who can be trusted for Our Future of Country". The Whole World Leaders had known her very well. "Our Buddhism are teaching to us "How to live peaceful Life". Even we don't want to kill any insects.
This Problem of Bangalis, so called Rohingya are "illegal immigrant and illegal occupy in Our Land and they are asking for "Muslim State" in Burma". They are using "Power of OIC Country and World Media, for example, CNN, BBC, for blaming to "Our People and Our Religious". Now they are blaming to Our Leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who had been loving by the whole Country and the whole World.
I hope that "The Whole World of People had been knowing about Muslim, Islam and Islamist very well right now, for example, at the recent news, they want "Their Muslim State" in Belgium and UK.
Please you have to understand that Our Country are very poor, OIC Country should bring them to their OIC Country which very rich and love them very much.
Thank you.


by: kannan mahathevan from: -
November 04, 2012 3:23 PM
She is trying to be the most opportunistic politician that Asia's ever seen. In her heart, the lady is as fanatic as any other Buddhist politician in the region, for they have been brought up with a world-view that their country has been handed over to them by Buddha and that is the place where their faith is to flourish. However educated they are, this view doesn't change, and under the present circumstance, the world, knowingly or ignorantly, seem to be behind her, so the lady doesn't want to jeopardise that. After the dust settles and she ascends to the throne as the unchallenged leader, she'll show the real colour.

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