Prince Charles and Camilla CANCEL visit to Burma amid Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

06-Oct-2017 Intellasia | The Sun | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Media reports last month said an official visit to Myanmar was being suggested for the trip and aides acknowledged it had been considered as part of the schedule.

PRINCE Charles and Camilla will not visit Myanmar as part of their Asia tour next month amid allegations its government is carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Media reports last month said an official visit to Myanmar was being suggested for the trip and aides acknowledged it had been considered as part of the schedule.

But it has been omitted from the final programme. Charles and his wife Camilla will travel to Singapore, Malaysia and then to India where he will meet prime minister Narendra Modi.

Philip Malone, deputy Head of Department at Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said: “We looked at a range of options in the region and, as we’re announcing today, we’re going ahead with the visit to Singapore and Malaysia.”

Malone and royal aides declined to elaborate.

More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in the past month since insurgents attacked security posts near the border, triggering fierce military retaliation that the UN says is ethnic cleansing.

Last month Britain suspended its training programme for the military in Myanmar because of the violence, and diplomatic relations have deteriorated.

Rights campaigners had argued against a royal visit.

Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, said: “To have someone of Prince Charles’s stature go to visit the country would be seen as a reward, and giving legitimacy to the government and the military that are currently violating international law.”

Charles and Camilla will begin their tour in Singapore on October 31 before going to Malaysia, where they will celebrate 60 years of diplomatic ties since the former British colony became independent, before concluding the 11-day tour in India.

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