UK's Boris Johnson on "horror" of Rohingya crisis

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson right meets Myanmar’s Foreign Minster Aung San Suu Kyi

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson right meets Myanmar’s Foreign Minster Aung San Suu Kyi

Fresh reports of mass graves in Rakhine - and the arrest of two Reuters journalists investigating an alleged massacre - have heaped new pressure on Suu Kyi to condemn the army, who she is in a delicate power-sharing arrangement with.

"Action according to the law" will be taken against seven soldiers, three policemen, and six villagers as part of an army investigation, said government spokesman Zaw Htay on Sunday.

The United States and the United Nations have called the military campaign against the Rohingya "ethnic cleansing".

"Hundreds, hundreds of villages torched".

Along with the refugee camps, Johnson toured some of those villages attacked by Burmese forces.

Almost 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine State and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide. Burmese citizens Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were detained on 12 December for allegedly obtaining confidential documents.

The latest two signatories have not engaged in active fighting with the military in recent years, but analysts said it marks a positive move for negotiations with other armed groups.

The journalists could face a maximum of 14 years in prison under official secrets act legislation.

"We have repeatedly said this repatriation process is very complex", Alam told reporters. "And we are not giving blanket denials".

The Rakhine state is home to a majority of Muslims in Myanmar, who have been denied citizenship and long faced persecution in the Buddhist-majority country, especially from the extremists.

Boris Johnson confronted Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of Rohingya muslim refugees yesterday morning before visiting a burned out Rohinya village in Myanmar.

"I underlined the importance of the Burmese authorities carrying out a full and independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine, and to hold to account those responsible for human rights violations".

The United Nations has described the exodus of Rohingya as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Johnson is scheduled to fly on to Bangkok Sunday for a two-day visit that will include meetings with junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha and the Thai chairman of an advisory board on the Rohingya crisis. Myanmar denies that and says its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.