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2. Aung San Suu Kyi speaks out on Rohingya exodus

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken out publicly for the first time about ongoing violence in her country that's causing minority Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. The state counsellor revealed that she'll consider how to settle the issue, including whether to grant Rohingya citizenship.

The United Nations estimates that more than 410,000 Rohingya have crossed the border into Bangladesh since the start of clashes between Myanmar's security forces and Rohingya militants in the western state of Rakhine late last month.

The security forces are accused of indiscriminately attacking Rohingya residents. The exodus has also raised humanitarian concerns related to shortages of food and water, fueling international criticism of Myanmar's government.

Aung San Suu Kyi gave a speech in the capital Naypyidaw on Tuesday that was aired on state TV throughout the country.

She said her government condemns all human rights violations and is committed to restoring peace, stability and the rule of law.

She also said the government will implement recommendations by an advisory commission led by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The commission had recommended a faster and more transparent citizenship verification process for the Rohingya.

But implementing such a process is likely to draw protests in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, where the Rohingya are denied citizenship.