Expecting Myanmar's Suu Kyi to rein in military unrealistic: analyst

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Posted at Sep 20 2017 05:12 PM

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Expecting Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to rein in the country's military is unrealistic, an analyst said Wednesday.

Larry Dohrs, chairman of the board of directors of the US Campaign for Burma, said Suu Kyi's much-awaited speech on the violence in the Rakhine state reflected her delicate position.

While Suu Kyi condemned human rights violations in the Rakhine State, she did not comment on military operations during her speech Tuesday.

"It was a reflection of the very delicate position that she's in... She is in such a delicate position that she cannot criticize the army because she's at risk by the Constitutional rules of the army, legally, immediately taking power in the country," Dohrs said.

Dohrs also expressed disappointment that there has been little appetite internationally for sanctions on Myanmar's military.

The United Nations has branded the military operation in the western state as ethnic cleansing. Suu Kyi did not address that accusation but said her government condemned rights violations.

"We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state," Suu Kyi said in her address in the capital, Naypyitaw.

Suu Kyi has long been feted for her role as champion of Myanmar’s democratic opposition in the Buddhist-majority country during years of military rule and house arrest.

However, Suu Kyi has faced growing criticism recently for saying little about the abuses faced by the Rohingya.

-- With a report from Reuters