PM rails against ‘inhuman destruction of Rohingya’

Theresa May has said the Rohingya crisis "looks like ethnic cleansing", in a speech in which she praised Sky News' "heartbreaking" reports on Myanmar's brutal crackdown.

In a major foreign policy address, at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in the City of London, the Prime Minister pledged to deepen partnerships with countries in Asia to tackle its problems.

"This includes tackling the problems in the region today – such as North Korea, where we have played a leading role in securing sanctions in response to the regime's outrageous proliferation of nuclear weapons," she said.

And paying tribute to Sky's coverage, she said: "And it includes continuing to step up our efforts to respond to the desperate plight of Rohingyas – brought home to us again on our TV screens so graphically today, with heartbreaking images of young children emaciated and pleading for help.

"This is a major humanitarian crisis which looks like ethnic cleansing.

"And it is something for which the Burmese authorities – and especially the military – must take full responsibility."

The Prime Minister added: "The UK is already the largest donor in response to this crisis.

"And we will continue to play a leading role in bringing the international community together – working through the UN and with regional partners to do everything possible to stop this appalling and inhuman destruction of the Rohingya people."

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