The United Nations and rights teams say almost 700,000 principally Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since August, after assaults on safety forces by Rohingya militants sparked a navy crackdown that the United Nations has referred to as ethnic cleaning.
Buddhist-majority Myanmar rejects the cost, saying its safety forces launched a respectable counter-insurgency operation in response to Rohingya militant assaults.
Duterte final week mentioned the Philippines was keen to offer sanctuary for Rohingya fleeing what he referred to as “genocide”, a remark a Myanmar authorities spokesman mentioned confirmed he had no restraint and knew nothing about Myanmar.
However in remarks geared toward Suu Kyi, Duterte clarified that and mentioned he was not interfering in what he referred to as Myanmar’s “civil warfare”.
“I’ll apologise to you, however when you’ve got observed my assertion was nearly a satire,” he instructed reporters.
“I’m not able to intervene in your (inside affairs).”
The Philippines and Myanmar are members of the 10-member Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which has a inflexible coverage on non-interference on one another’s affairs.
Duterte, who brooks no criticism from what he sees as hypocritical western powers, mentioned he was talking towards European nations which had accused Myanmar of rampant human rights violations, however did little to assist the Rohingya.
“Do you’ve got any plans of offering a protected sanctuary even for a second for many who are actually the victims of warfare?” he mentioned, referring to European states.
He additionally urged them to offer “momentary reduction” to the refugees and mentioned he would do the identical.
“I’m prepared to just accept my share of duty within the identify of humanity,” he mentioned.
There was no fast response to request for remark from the Philippine overseas ministry.
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