Myanmar foreign ministry lead by Suu Kyi sent an official request to US embassy to avoid using the term Rohingya in future on May 3 as bowing to nationalists.
“We told them that the use of the term by the US embassy is not supportive of national reconciliation in Myanmar. They said they have noted the request,” U Soe Lynn Han, deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said yesterday.
The move of foreign ministry follows an unlawful protest of nationalists where includes ultra-nationalists and radical monks backed by Ma Ba Tha after the US embassy released a statement of condolences for the victims of a sinking Rohingya boat in recent days.
The nationalists staged a protest in front of US embassy after marching along University Avenue Road on April 28 and accused the US of interfering into Myanmar internal affairs.
In a statement released on May 2, Ma Ba Tha encouraged people to ignore the statement released by US embassy, and treat as if it had broken diplomatic ties with Myanmar.
The nationalists also announced a plan to stage another, rally outside the embassy on May 5, in which protesters will march from Irrawaddy Division. But an option was kept by the organizers of the rally by saying that if the government denounces the embassy for interfering the identity politics in advance, the protest would be called off.
According to Soe Lynn Han, there was a high-level held between government and US embassy regarding the issue where a positive result was come out.
The new US ambassador Scot Marciel in a press has repeatedly defended its use of the word “Rohingya” by saying that it is a normal practice but not a political decision.
U Soe Lynn Han refused to comment on the official policy of using the term Rohingya but he said the request to US embassy is the policy of the minister (Suu Kyi).
Following the statement of Soe Lynn Han, many inside and outside Myanmar are criticizing Suu Kyi as being a world democracy icon and human right defender she is against the right of self-identification.