DANANG, Vietnam — Justin Trudeau used a face-to-face meeting Friday with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to lay out some of the evidence he has seen on the state-led violence that has shaken her country and set off a huge refugee crisis.
The prime minister met with Suu Kyi for 45 minutes on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders’ summit in Danang, Vietnam.
It was Trudeau’s first meeting with Suu Kyi, an honorary Canadian citizen, since a crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces began in late August. The alleged attacks have forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims into exile in neighbouring Bangladesh.
The crisis has damaged the once-celebrated global image of Suu Kyi, who is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy for the Rohingya crisis, joined Trudeau at the meeting. The former Liberal MP said Trudeau was “very direct” with Suu Kyi and the two leaders didn’t immediately agree with each other.
“I think it’s fair to say we feel that more needs to be done and more could be done,” Rae, who briefed Trudeau on Friday on his recent visit to the region, told reporters in Danang.
“There are serious issues that we have to deal with and obviously this is a major, not only humanitarian crisis, but also a political crisis.”
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Suu Kyi has faced widespread international criticism for not speaking out against allegations that include arson, rape and shootings by Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist mobs.
The United Nations and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who also attended Friday’s meeting, have said the violence against the Rohingya amounts to ethnic cleansing.
“It’s a pleasure to meet again with state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi — an opportunity to talk about a number of issues, including the refugee situation and how Canada can continue to help in a situation that, obviously, a lot of people back home are concerned about,” Trudeau said after shaking hands with Suu Kyi as they began their meeting.
Rae said Canada has committed to remain engaged with Myanmar and to provide help in any way it can to see the refugees safely repatriated back to their homes, and away from the terrible conditions of an overcrowded camp.
He acknowledged it won’t be easy.
Rae said Suu Kyi admitted during …
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