In reaction to the report released by the U.N. Independent Fact-Finding Mission, China said on Tuesday, 28 August that putting pressure on Burma wouldn’t be helpful in resolving the issue of Rohingya Muslims in Burma.
The U.N. investigators said in their report that the Burmese military’s action was “grossly disproportionate to actual security threats”, and they blamed civilian government leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to use her “moral authority” to protect civilians.
The investigators called for the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Burma, subject its officials to targeted sanctions, and set up an ad hoc tribunal to try suspects or refer them to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
But China having close relations with Burma, supported what Burmese officials call a legitimate counter-insurgency operation in the western state of Rakhine. Earlier, Beijing has helped to block a resolution on the crisis at the U.N. Security Council.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing that the Rakhine issue was extremely complex.
“I think that unilateral criticism or exerting pressure is actually not helpful to resolving the problem,” Hua said.
Hua emphasized International community should cooperate with Burma and Bangladesh in their positive progress to hold the voluntary repatriation of the refugees instead of putting pressures on Burma.
“Under these circumstances the international community should continue to play a constructive role in promoting Myanmar and Bangladesh appropriately resolving the Rakhine State issue via dialogue and consultations,” Hua said.
Last year, Burmese military led a deadly crackdown on Rohingya in Arakan State in response to attacks on several police posts by Rohingya insurgents poorly equipped with sticks and arms.
Following the crackdown, around one million Rohingya fled Bangladesh living now in refugee camps.