Myanmar's Suu Kyi: Army admission on killings a 'positive step'

Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi

Asked at a joint news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono about the rare admission of wrongdoing by the military, known as the Tatmadaw, Suu Kyi said: "The Tatmadaw investigated and will take necessary action on that".

Asked about the admission on Wednesday by Myanmar's military that its security forces and Buddhist villagers killed 10 captured Rohingya during clashes previous year, Suu Kyi stressed the importance of the rule of law and said the military will take responsibility.

Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the importance of the rule of law and said the military would take responsibility.

More than 655,000 Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25, escaping a military crackdown in the Rakhine state, which many countries and human rights bodies have described as ethnic cleansing.

Japan's Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, has urged Myanmar to ensure the safe and voluntary repatriation and resettlement of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, a local media reported.

On October 12, a United Nations' report based on interviews conducted in Bangladesh found that brutal attacks against Rohingyas in the northern Rakhine state have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar but preventing them from returning to their homes.

According to an agreement signed by Myanmar and Bangladesh in November 2017, Myanmar is scheduled to begin repatriations of refugees by January 22.

"Japan wants to actively support Myanmar's efforts", including in Rakhine, he said at a joint press conference after their meeting in Nay Pyi Taw.

The Japanese government decided earlier Friday to give 330 million yen (95 million baht) in emergency grant aid to Myanmar to assist with rebuilding living conditions for "displaced persons returning to Myanmar from Bangladesh" in accordance with that agreement.