Suu Kyi blames illegal immigrants for world conflict

Suu Kyi blames illegal immigrants for world conflict, by Amanda Hodge.

Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed ­illegal immigration for instability and conflict in the world in a speech likely to dampen hopes the Nobel laureate will oversee a swift return of more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees forced to flee violence in Myanmar.

Ms Suu Kyi told a meeting of European and Asian foreign ministers in the Myanmar capital Naypyitaw yesterday that illegal immigration was partly responsible for the spread of terrorism.

Myanmar’s defacto leader did not specifically mention the ­recent refugee exodus, but her speech reflects popular opinion in Buddhist-majority Myanmar that the country’s Rohingya ­minority are Muslim interlopers responsible for acts of terrorism. …

Ms Suu Kyi told EU and Asian ministers yesterday that the world was experiencing a new ­period of instability and cited ­“illegal immigration’s spread of terrorism and violent extremism, social disharmony and even the threat of nuclear war”.

“Conflicts take away peace from societies, leaving behind underdevelopment and poverty, pushing peoples and even countries away from one another,” she said, calling for policymakers to understand the “constraints and difficulties” others faced in dealing with such problems.

Asia’s Iron Lady doing what our clownish Western leaders don’t do — protecting her own people.

hat-tip Stephen Neil