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Rohingya crisis: EU to cut ties with Myanmar military chiefs over ‘disproportionate use of force’

The agreement, approved by EU ambassadors and set to be signed off at a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday, said the rapid flight of so many people "strongly indicates a deliberate action to expel a minority".

By: AFP | Brussels | Published: October 11, 2017 6:07 pm
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The EU is to halt ties with senior Myanmar military chiefs to protest the “disproportionate use of force” against the Rohingya minority, according to an agreement seen by AFP on Wednesday.

The bloc also warns it could consider sanctions if there is no improvement in the crisis, in which more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled a military crackdown into Bangladesh since August, a situation the UN says likely amounts to ethnic cleansing. The agreement, approved by EU ambassadors and set to be signed off at a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday, said the rapid flight of so many people “strongly indicates a deliberate action to expel a minority”.

“In the light of the disproportionate use of force carried out by the security forces, the EU and its member states will suspend invitations to the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar/Burma armed forces and senior military officers and review all practical defence cooperation,” the agreement says, while calling on all sides to end violence immediately.

The EU currently bans the export of arms and equipment that can be used for “internal repression”, but said it “may consider additional measures” if the crisis does not improve. The influx of refugees into poor and overpopulated Bangladesh slowed in recent weeks but appears to have picked up again, with an estimated 11,000 new arrivals on Monday.

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    SOOTHSAYER
    Oct 12, 2017 at 7:51 am
    IF THE WORLD COMMUNITIES CHOOSE TO REMAIN SILENT ON ETHNIC CLEANSING THEN THE SAME WILL OCCUR NEARBY PLACES TO YOU AND EVEN TO YOU.EXAMPLE. SRILANKAN GENOCIDE WHERE LAKHS OF TAMIL PEOPLE DIED. NOW IT OCCURS IN MYANMAR. INDIA AND SRILANKA WILL HAVE TO BE PUNISHED....WAIT AND SEE THE NEXT MOVE......1. GREATER TAMILNADU WILL FORM WHICH ENCOMPASSING NORTHERN SRILANKA AND CAPTURING LOST TERRORITIES FROM ANDHRA PRADESH, KERALA AND KARNATAKA OR TAMILNADU WILL FORM A NEW INDEPENDENT AND SOVEREIGN COUNTRY BY CONDUCTING THE REFERENDUM JUST LIKE CATALONIAN REFERENDUM..........DISSOLVE INDIA OR WILL BE FORCED TO DO SO BY JOINING HANDS WITH PAKISTAN AND CHINA.
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      SOOTHSAYER
      Oct 12, 2017 at 7:49 am
      IF THE WORLD COMMUNITIES CHOOSE TO REMAIN SILENT ON ETHNIC CLEANSING THEN THE SAME WILL OCCUR NEARBY PLACES TO YOU AND EVEN TO YOU.EXAMPLE. SRILANKAN GENOCIDE WHERE LAKHS OF TAMIL PEOPLE DIED. NOW IT OCCURS IN MYANMAR. INDIA AND SRILANKA WILL HAVE TO BE PUNISHED....WAIT AND SEE THE NEXT MOVE......1. GREATER TAMILNADU WILL FORM WHICH ENCOMPASSING NORTHERN SRILANKA AND CAPTURING LOST TERRORITIES FROM ANDHRA PRADESH, KERALA AND KARNATAKA OR TAMILNADU WILL FORM A NEW INDEPENDENT AND SOVEREIGN COUNTRY BY CONDUCTING THE REFERENDUM JUST LIKE CATALONIAN REFERENDUM..........DISSOLVE INDIA OR WILL BE FORCED TO DO SO BY JOINING HANDS WITH PAKISTAN AND CHINA.
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        SOOTHSAYER
        Oct 12, 2017 at 7:49 am
        IF THE WORLD COMMUNITIES CHOOSE TO REMAIN SILENT ON ETHNIC CLEANSING THEN THE SAME WILL OCCUR NEARBY PLACES TO YOU AND EVEN TO YOU.EXAMPLE. SRILANKAN GENOCIDE WHERE LAKHS OF TAMIL PEOPLE DIED. NOW IT OCCURS IN MYANMAR. INDIA AND SRILANKA WILL HAVE TO BE PUNISHED....WAIT AND SEE THE NEXT MOVE......1. GREATER TAMILNADU WILL FORM WHICH ENCOMPASSING NORTHERN SRILANKA AND CAPTURING LOST TERRORITIES FROM ANDHRA PRADESH, KERALA AND KARNATAKA OR TAMILNADU WILL FORM A NEW INDEPENDENT AND SOVEREIGN COUNTRY BY CONDUCTING THE REFERENDUM JUST LIKE CATALONIAN REFERENDUM..........DISSOLVE INDIA OR WILL BE FORCED TO DO SO BY JOINING HANDS WITH PAKISTAN AND CHINA.
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          KSRao
          Oct 12, 2017 at 2:42 am
          It's noble of Europe to fight for the plight of helpless people even when they are attacked unkindly in their own countries.
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            romi
            Oct 11, 2017 at 10:55 pm
            EU is quiet when muslims kill non muslims at the rate muslims growing in Europe in few decades these muslims will throw Europeans out of Europe
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