Suu Kyi to head edifice to support refugees

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will head a newly established mechanism that will support people who have fled violence in the western state of Rakhine.State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi gave a televised address from the capital Naypyidaw to people on Thursday.

She said the new mechanism allows the government, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and other entities to work together for humanitarian assistance and development.

Aung San Suu Kyi also made an apparent bid to seek people’s understanding amid their strong sense of discrimination against Rohingyas.

She said no one can desire peace and development for Myanmar more than its people. She said that is why they need to tackle problems based on the strength of their unity.

Fighting between government security forces and militants belonging to the Muslim Rohingya minority is believed to have forced more than 510,000 people to take shelter in neighboring Bangladesh.

Myanmar’s government is receiving growing international criticism for alleged violations of Rohingyas’ human rights.

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