Suu Kyi words 'bode well' for bid for Myanmar probe — United Nations team

Suu Kyi words 'bode well' for bid for Myanmar probe — United Nations team

Nobel Prize victor and defecto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has drawn criticism for not condemning this military action against this ethnic minority.

The Nobel Peace laureate's remarks came in her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on August 25 sparked a military response that has forced 421,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi invited members of the worldwide community to visit Rohingya villages, and said a central committee had been constituted to enforce the rule of law and spur development in Rakhine.

"We are concerned to hear the number of Muslims fleeing areas to Bangladesh..."

Suu Kyi, who is officially Myanmar's state counselor, had not previously made any public comments on the crisis, aside from a read-out of a telephone call she had with the Turkish president in which she said an "iceberg of misinformation" was behind the crisis.

Reacting to Suu Kyi's allegation and counter allegation statement, the UNICEF Deputy Representative said, "I think she is being very clear that law of the land will prevail and that is how, I think, the things should be".

"I ask the worldwide community to help us find new ways that are more constructive and daring to resolve the problems we have", she said.

"We have to make sure these allegations are based on solid evidence before we take action".

"We want to find out why this exodus is happening".

"We expect from Mrs Aung Sang Suu Kyi tomorrow a strong statement in this direction", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian told reporters in NY.

"Myanmar is a complex nation".

He said Suu Kyi should give global journalists more access to their destroyed villages.

"Hate and fear are the main scourges of our world, " she said.

"And of course, it's up to Daw Suu, state counsel and Aung San Suu Kyi to show leadership to try and impose her will on the military", said British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson leading the calls for Suu Kiy to act.

"We are determined to implement the recommendations of the commission" for a rapid improvement to the situation and "bring an end to suffering of all people", Suu Kyi said, though the government will prioritize the recommended initiatives that are achievable in the short term. "We'd like to talk to those who have fled, as well as those who have stayed", CNN quoted the de-facto leader as saying. She said the Myanmar government was ready to take back the Rohingya refugees subject to a "verification process".

Suu Kyi appealed for outside observers to visit Myanmar and see the situation for themselves - despite the severe restrictions her government has placed on access to the conflict zone in northern Rakhine.