Written by: Sabah Mannan
“Rohingya Muslims are not native to Myanmar” – Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told the U.S. ambassador in a meeting. This statement has proved that Myanmar’s Army Chief is ignorant about their country’s history because the Rakhine state has been an independent state for hundreds of years and the Burmese later took over Rakhine which originally belonged to the Rohingyas. The way Myanmar authorities and military are dealing with the Rohingyas are not justifiable. A pressure has to be exerted on Myanmar to solve the Rohingya issue. Aung San Suu Kyi has remarked that Myanmar will take back the Rohingyas but there is no guarantee about their security. In this case, the UN has to come forward to ensure protection of the poor Rohingyas because this issue cannot be solved through bilateral discussions between Myanmar and Bangladesh. International help is needed. Bangladesh’s diplomatic activities regarding the Rohingya issue should have been tougher. Bangladesh should form a strong authorized force including the Prime Minister and set meetings with China, Russia and India to retain peace and stability in the country. Myanmar’s Army Chief and Aung San Suu Kyi are saying contradictory statements to waste time rather than solving the Rohingya issue. It was right of the EU to have boycotted Myanmar’s generals and all our neighboring countries should do the same because the generals are all war criminals.