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>> Pope Francis meeting Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, a visit among one of the pontiff's most delicate overseas trips. As Myanmar grapples with a humanitarian crisis, the Pope called for unity and diversity.>> The future of Myanmar must be peace, a peace based on respect for the dignity, and rights of each member of society, respect for each ethnic group, and its identity.
>> His speech hinting at a violent military crackdown in Myanmar, that´s lead to a max exodus of more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims. There was, however, one glaring absence in his comments, the use of the word Rohingya. Myanmar's government doesn't recognize Rohingya as citizens or as an ethnic group.
It rejects accusations of ethnic cleansing and the army denies it's committed murder, rape, or forced displacement. Traveling with the Pope is Reuters Phil Pullella, who says the pontiff was under pressure from both sides.>> A lot of people wanted him to use the word Rohingya including Amnesty International, b ut his own advisers in the Vatican advised him not to do that because it's an incendiary word here.
These are buzz words, so basically he was defending the Rohingya without saying Rohingya.>> The Pope has previously used the word Rohingya in the Vatican, and strongly defended them. Tuesday's omission was a move to preserve the delicate relationship with Christians in the overwhelmingly Buddhist country. The Pope is still in Myanmar for another day and a half, he may not use the r word before he leaves, but it's likely he'll use it without much hesitation when he gets to Bangladesh, where more than half a million Rohingya refugees have fled for safety.