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Malaysia disassociates itself from ASEAN statement on Myanmar

Malaysia disassociates itself from ASEAN statement on Myanmar

On Monday, Myanmar's ambassador to the UN Hau Do Suan dismissed reports of ethnic cleansing or genocide taking place against Muslims in his country, voicing objections "in the strongest terms" to the countries that used those words to describe the situation in Rakhine State.

The report comes as the UN Security Council is due to hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss Myanmar's brutal crackdown against Rohingya Muslims, which has been described by the global community as an ethnic cleansing campaign.

According to the Philippine foreign affairs chief, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers likewise "acknowledged that the situation in Rakhine State is a complex inter-communal issue with deep historical roots". "They strongly urged all the parties involved to avoid actions that will further worsen the situation on the ground", it reads.

Since August 25, more than 435,000 Rohingya Muslims have been pushed out of their ancestral land in Rakhine State in western Myanmar because of government-sanctioned violence by soldiers and Buddhist mobs.

Senior diplomats and foreign ministers of ASEAN nations discussed the contents of the statement on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY before it was published, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Malaysian government sources said.

"Vague statements that reflect total disregard to the large humanitarian disaster can not be dismissed by member states".

She also offered to Cayetano Indonesia's four-point recommendation to end the Rakhina crisis, the report said.

The last element in Indonesia's four-pronged recommendation-that of access to humanitarian assistance-was included in Cayetano's final statement.

About 400 people have been killed in subsequent clashes, and a military counteroffensive sent more than 400,000 people fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.

"Solutions to this crisis lie with Myanmar", he said, though for now, the world had to help and aid should be "rapidly stepped up".

"Risk of water borne diseases is high, especially there is very high risk of cholera and this is why everyone is concerned", the World Health Organization said in a statement.

"What's truly exceptional here is not Malaysia's move to dissociate itself from the statement", he told Reuters.

It claimed that such accusations by other countries were irresponsible and unsubstantiated.

In the present crisis, the Myanmar government has reached its peak of inhumanity by blocking access to journalists and to all United Nations aid agencies from delivering food, water and medicines to anguished Rohingyas in the Rakhine state which also symbolizes Myanmar's ruthless efforts for their ethnic cleansing.

Aman added that the chair's statement was not based consensus among members, because it simply deleted the line explicitly saying the Rohingyas are among the communities affected by the continuing violence in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi failed to quell outrage over the plight of the Rohingya when she delivered a nationwide address last week in which she appealed for patience.

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