Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

United Kingdom cuts military work with Myanmar over Rohingya attacks

United Kingdom cuts military work with Myanmar over Rohingya attacks

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by phone on Tuesday with Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi about the Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis, the State Department said, as global condemnation intensified over the plight of the minority group.

More than 400,000 Rohingya have escaped Myanmar, also known as Burma, into Bangladesh since the military responded to an August 25 insurgent attack by carrying out deadly operations in the western state of Rakhine, human rights groups said.

"There have been no conflicts since September 5 and no clearance operations".

"We too are concerned".

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly denounced the United Nations probe as unhelpful and vowed that her government would not cooperate with it. "At times, her speech amounted to little more than a mix of untruths and victim blaming", Amnesty said.

Pence called the crisis a threat to the world and said U.S. President Donald Trump wanted the U.N. Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to the violence.

But Ms Suu Kyi told diplomats in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw that "more than half" of their villages were not affected by the violence.

The U.N. General Assembly is meeting in NY this week. Suu Kyi did not address that but said her government was committed to the rule of law.

She has stayed away from the United Nations meeting of world leaders.

The New York-based rights watchdog said the images reveal destruction of tens of thousands of homes across Maungdaw and Rathedaung townships in the northern part of the state, where communal tensions between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims have erupted into violence. We have to deal with it and resolve it.

The Myanmar government does not use the term "Rohingya" and does not recognise the people as an official ethnicity, which means the Rohingya are denied citizenship and effectively rendered stateless.

"We don't have proper documents, it's very hard to prove", said Mohammed Faruque, a long-term refugee, who has lived in the Kutupalong camp since 1991, when his father brought him as a one-year-old boy.

Any clear moves to block the refugees' return will likely anger Bangladesh which is struggling to deal with the sudden exodus of Rohingya Muslims into shanty towns and camps near the border.

Japan and the United States expressed strong concerns Tuesday in NY over the Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis in Myanmar.

If the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state persists, United Nations agencies estimate the total number of refugees entering Bangladesh may hit one million.

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