Leader says ‘there have been allegations and counter-allegations’ about the violence in Rakhine state, which the UN says amounts to ethnic cleansing

Aung San Suu Kyi has broken her silence on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, saying the government still needs to find out “what the real problems are” and that there have been “allegations and counter-allegations” that need to be investigated.

In her first public address since an army crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority was branded “ethnic cleansing” by the United Nations, she stressed the short time her government had been in power and said: “I’m aware of the fact that the world’s attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine state. As a responsible member of the community of nations Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny.

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