Rohingya crisis is 'very deliberate genocide', former UN general Romeo Dallaire says
The former commander of UN peacekeeping forces in Rwanda says the "will to intervene" on the Rohingya crisis is missing.
By Dominic Waghorn, Diplomatic Editor - Exclusive
A world authority on genocide has told Sky News what is happening to Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims is undoubtedly genocide and the international community must intervene to prevent it.
As commander of UN peacekeeping forces in Rwanda in the early 1990s, Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire warned that genocide was imminent but was ignored.
As a veteran witness of the mass killings in Rwanda, he has been warning of mass murder being planned in Myanmar, and now for the first time has told the Sky News World View programme that genocide is underway.
History, he says, is repeating itself.
He said: "It's as if they wrote the same book that the hardliners did in Rwanda and how the international community is reacting is following the same book, and this after the great pieces of work like Responsibility to Protect which we're all afraid to implement and operationalise."
General Dallaire says he has seen the same methods used before.
He told Sky News: "You're into the mist of a very slow moving and very deliberate genocide, there is no doubt in my military mind that the way they're operating, the way they're conducting, the way they're using their forces.
"The way the government is camouflaging it.
"They're all very significant indicators of genocide in operation. They want to wipe them out and they've said that's what they operating to do".
He is calling for an international military intervention to prevent and reverse the genocide and says where there is sufficient international will there should be a way.
General Dallaire said: "We put 60, 70 thousand people in ex-Yugoslavia. Why can't we do that there?
"They're more people being killed and martyred, more internally displaced refugees than there was in the whole Yugoslav campaign so it is purely will to intervene which is missing."