Macron says Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is ‘genocide’
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Macron says Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is ‘genocide’

French president does not mince words in describing carnage that has caused 420,000 members of Muslim minority to flee for safety in Bangladesh

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)
French President Emmanuel Macron addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said attacks on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority amounted to “genocide.”

France will work with other members of the UN Security Council for a condemnation of “this genocide which is unfolding, this ethnic cleansing,” Macron said in an interview with the French TV channel TMC.

Macron’s use of the word “genocide” marks his strongest verbal attack yet on the military drive against the Rohingya.

More than 420,000 members of the Muslim minority have fled Myanmar for the safety of neighboring Bangladesh.

“We must condemn the ethnic purification which is under way and act,” Macron said.

Rohingya refugees carry supplies through the Jalpatoli refugee camp in the ‘no mans land’ between Myanmar and Bangladesh in Gumdhum district on September 16, 2017. (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)

“Asking for the violence to end, asking for humanitarian access… progressively enables an escalation” under UN auspices, Macron said.

“When the UN issues a condemnation, there are consequences which can provide a framework for intervention under the UN,” Macron said.

Rohingya, who are predominantly Muslim, are reviled by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The UN human rights chief has described the systematic attacks against the Rohingya minority by the security forces as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

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