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Rohingya refugees wait to cross the border near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Sept. 19. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)
Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh minister rebuts Suu Kyi arguments on Rohingya

'New fires' seen as refugee flow outpaces last year's Mediterranean crossings

YUJI KURONUMA, Nikkei staff writer | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

DHAKA -- The United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations could have -- and should have -- intervened to prevent the "absolutely unprecedented" Rohingya refugee crisis, Bangladesh's state minister of foreign affairs said in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

Shahriar Alam, the junior foreign minister, also took issue with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's much-discussed televised speech on Tuesday, in which she said military operations in the northern part of Rakhine State had ceased on Sept. 5.

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