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Boris Johnson ‘doubts Aung San Suu Kyi grasps Rohingya suffering’

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Boris Johnson visited Cox's Bazar refugee camp as part of the first official trip to Bangladesh by a foreign secretary in a decade

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he doubts Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi “understands the full horror” of the Rohingya refugee crisis.

“I don’t think she’s been up in a helicopter to see what we have seen,” Mr Johnson told the BBC after talks in the capital Nay Pyi Daw.

He urged Ms Suu Kyi to work with UN agencies to help the refugees return.

Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has caused about 700,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh since last August.

Asked by the BBC’s Reeta Chakrabarti if he believed the authorities in Myanmar – also known as Burma – were in a state of denial about the crisis, Mr Johnson replied: “I have to say that, talking to politicians in the capital, listening to Daw Suu [Aung San Suu Kyi] I don’t think it has come through to her the full extent of the horror that has happened, the sheer devastation.”

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