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Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence over Rohingya crisis; says she doesn't 'fear international scrutiny'
For the first time ever, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence over the ongoing Rohingya crisis, saying that Myanmar was ready to verify refugees status process for those who wish to return.

While delivering her televised address on Tuesday, Suu Kyi made it clear that her country does not fear scrutiny from the international community, further stating that she doesn't want Myanmar to be a nation divided by "religious beliefs or ethnicity".

"Hate and fear are main scourges of our world," the 72-year-old leader added in her 30-minute speech, stressing upon the restoration of peace, stability and rule of law throughout the state.

She said, "Government has been making every effort to restore peace and stability and to bring harmony."

The leader further added, "We would like to find out why this exodus is happening, would like to talk to the people who have fled."

"It is not the intention of the Myanmar government to apportion blame or to abdicate responsibility. We condemn all human rights violation and unlawful violence," she said.

Meanwhile, Suu Kyi also expressed her deep sadness for all groups who have been displaced by violence, saying that anyone responsible for spreading brutality in troubled Rakhine State would face the law.

"There have been allegations and counter allegations, will listen to all, culprits will be punished irrespective of race or religion," Suu Kyi said.

She also urged the global community for support over the refugee crisis, after the UN Commission on Human Rights labelled the situation of the Rohingya minority community as "ethnic cleansing".

The United Nations had recently appealed to the entire international community to aid the Rohingya Muslim refugees through humanitarian efforts.

The speech of Myanmar's de facto leader over the Rohingya crisis comes after Britain, France and Australia had urged her to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims.

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