The former junta general said on Thursday that the "only solution" was to send nearly a million Rohingya Muslims, one of the world's most persecuted minorities, to refugee camps run by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
"We will send them away if any third country would accept them," he added. "This is what we are thinking is the solution to the issue." The UN refugee agency has snubbed the idea of setting up refugee camps to accommodate the Rohingyas.
The UN says decades of discrimination have left the Rohingyas stateless, with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movement and withholding land rights, education and public services. Over the past two years, waves of ethnic Muslims have attempted to flee by boats in the face of systematic oppression by the Myanmar government.