11 Oct '17, 12pm

#EU to suspend ties with #Myanmar military chiefs, mulling sanctions over violence against #Rohingya

BRUSSELS (AFP) - 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 (Oct 11). The bloc also warns it would consider sanctions if there is no improvement in the crisis, in which more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since August following a military crackdown, 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/Burm...

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