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As Modi visits, Aung San Suu Kyi under pressure to end Myanmar's Rohingya crisis

According to the UN, at least 123,600 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team Myanmar (Burma) Sep 05, 2017, 08.24 AM (IST)

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure from several countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan to ensure the safety of Rohingya Muslims who have fled the country in large numbers.

Prime Minister Modi who is on his way to Myanmar after attending the BRICS summit in China is due to meet top officials, including Suu Kyi.

"PM Modi is going there and our foreign secretary has already briefed the foreign secretary of India on this. If international conscience is awakened then that would put pressure on Myanmar," said H.T. Imam told Reuters.

On Monday, Indonesia's foreign minister met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and army chief Min Aung Hlaing to discuss means of delivering humanitarian aid to members of Myanmar's Rohingya community and appeal to the two leaders to stop the violence against Rohingyas  even as Indonesians protested outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta.

Experts feel Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is not doing enough to stop the violence against the Rohingya community. 

"The security authorities need to immediately stop all forms of violence there and provide humanitarian assistance and development aid for the short and long term," Retno said after her meetings in the Myanmar capital.

"Indonesia is taking the lead on this and ultimately there is a possibility of ASEAN countries joining in," H.T. Imam, political adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, told Reuters.

"If we can keep the pressure on Myanmar from ASEAN, from India as well, that will be good," he added, hinting at Modi's impending visit to the country.

According to the UN, at least 123,600 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh straining the country's economy.

The latest violence erupted in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state a fortnight ago when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army base. The ensuing clashes and a military offensive led to the death of at least 400 people, Reuters reported. 

The attack led to the Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh.

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