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Myanmar at a crossroads as Rohingya crisis deepens

By Bryon Wilfert       

Now more than ever, it’s time for Ottawa to engage with the civilian authorities in Myanmar, on issues ranging from democratic governance to providing expertise in the fields of health care and infrastructure development.

If the global community isolates Aung Sun Suu Kyi, that will only strengthen the military and further restrain the much-needed economic and social development that millions require, writes Bryon Wilfert, an honorary consul general to Canada for Myanmar. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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The last year for Myanmar has been difficult, especially in terms of its international image. The plight of the Rohingya has dominated headlines and captured the suffering of hundreds of thousands of displaced people in refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. A country that had, for decades, been one of the most isolated states dominated by repressive military regimes, emerged in 2015 with the dramatic election of the National League for Democracy, which is headed by Aung San Suu

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