Turkey seeks to mobilize world to end Myanmar violence

Published 29.08.2017 23:52
Updated 29.08.2017 23:54
Turkey seeks to mobilize world to end Myanmar violence

Wıth around 3,000 Rohingya Muslims having fallen victim to violence in Myanmar during the last few days, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on the world not to turn a deaf ear to the humanitarian crisis, assuring that Turkey would continue to raise awareness on the urgency of the issue at the U.N. general assembly on Sept. 18. Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry also issued a statement to condemn the hostility targeting Rohingyans.

Condemning violence targeting Muslims in Myanmar, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the world is "unfortunately, blind and deaf" to the plight of the victims. The president said Turkey would raise awareness on the issue at the U.N. general assembly on Sept. 18. Speaking during a live television interview on Monday night, President Erdoğan cited his visit to Arakan in 2012 where he brought up the problems of the Rohingya community with Myanmar's leaders. "The situation has not improved since," Erdoğan said.

He said Turkey was closely monitoring the situation while Turkish nonprofit organizations worked to raise awareness on the issue. "We see reports that some 3,000 people were the victims of violence and we strongly condemn it," he added.

Turkey opened its embassy in Myanmar in 2012, shortly before a visit by Turkish leaders to the country and repeatedly raised concerns to the Myanmar government over the treatment of Muslims. The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Monday about the crackdown on the community.

"We condemn the disproportionate use of force by the security forces which resulted in the killing of hundreds of people and the displacement of thousands more. We conveyed our concerns to the Myanmar authorities in this regard, stressing the importance that the security operations do not harm civilians and create new displacements, and that unimpeded humanitarian access is ensured," the statement said. Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu urged "concrete steps" to be taken by the U.N. against "oppression" in Myanmar.

"We will do what we can do for our part but the government of Myanmar should take serious steps on this issue," Çavuşoğlu said.

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