Malaysia hits out at Myanmar over ‘ethnic cleansing’

Maungdaw, Myanmar—Malaysia accused Myanmar of engaging in the “ethnic cleansing” of its Rohingya minority Saturday, as former UN chief Kofi Annan visited a burned out village in strife-torn Rakhine state.
Tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled their homes since a bloody crackdown by the Myanmar army in the western state of Rakhine.
“The fact that only one particular ethnicity is being driven out is by definition ethnic cleansing,” Malaysia’s foreign ministry said in an unusually strongly-worded statement.
Malaysia’s statement noted that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to neighbouring countries in recent years—including some 56,000 to Muslim-majority Malaysia.
That, the statement said, “makes this matter no longer an internal matter but an international matter”. On Saturday morning, a convoy carrying the former UN chief arrived outside the Rohingya village of Wapeik, which has seen signficant damage from fire.—AFP

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