Tillerson Says Possible Sanctions Against Myanmar for Rohingya Crisis

Rex Tillerson is on a visit to Myanmar to work on Rohingya Crisis. Washington is considering the possibility of imposing individual sanctions against the officials of Myanmar who are responsible for using force in the northern state of Rakhine, as a result of which more than 600,000 people of the Rohingya community were forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State of the United States of America, who arrived in the capital of Myanmar on a visit, said this on Wednesday, according to Reuters.


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According to Tillerson, the sanctions will be imposed if the United States receives “credible and reliable information” proving the guilt of these officials. At the same time, the head of the State Department of the US – Rex Tillerson noted that large-scale economic sanctions against Myanmar was possible.

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Tillerson pointed out that Washington has not yet decided on the legitimacy of naming the situation with the Rohingya nationality as “ethnic cleansing.” He called on the authorities of Myanmar to conduct a “credible and impartial investigation”. The head of the State Department of the US arrived in Myanmar to discuss with the representatives of the Myanmar government possibilities for resolving the problems of Rohingya people.

The situation in the northern state of Rakhine in Myanmar, where the Rohingya Muslims live, sharply escalated on August 25, when hundreds of militants of the movement “Arakan Salvation Army of Rohingya” attacked 30 strong points of the police. After this, the security forces of the republic began a military operation in the region. According to reports, the clashes claimed the lives of 414 people, hundreds of thousands of representatives of the Rohingya people fled the country.

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The authorities of Myanmar consider Rohingya Muslims as illegal migrants from Bangladesh. In Rakhine, religious conflicts have repeatedly erupted, resulting in clashes between Muslims and local Buddhists, thousands of people have become victims of violence in recent years.