Suu Kyi says Rohingya mass grave investigation "positive"

A Myanmar soldier stands near Maungdaw north of Rakhine state Myanmar Sept 27 2017. Reuters

A Myanmar soldier stands near Maungdaw north of Rakhine state Myanmar Sept 27 2017. Reuters

A state-run newspaper says Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called the military's investigation into the deaths of Rohingya Muslims found in a mass grave a "positive indication". "However, some may worry".

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono after their a joint press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday. "But I believe that our investigation will prevent such things from happening again".

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein had decribed the offensive - that led to the exodus of around 650,000 Rohingyas to neighboring Bangladesh - as ethnic cleansing.

"Japan wants to actively support Myanmar's efforts", Kyodo quoted Kono as telling the news conference. The UN and other groups accuse the military of widespread atrocities against Rohingya, including killings, rapes and the burning of homes.

Myanmar does not consider the Rohingyas to be citizens, treating them mostly as Bangladeshi immigrants and imposing many restrictions on them, including on their freedom of movement within the country.

Hundreds of thousands of the Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since fighting broke out between Rohingya militants and security forces past year.

"It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists", the military statement added, "The army will take charge of those who are responsible for the killings and who broke the rules of engagement".

"These 10 Rohingya innocent civilians found in the mass grave. were neither ARSA members nor had any association with ARSA", it said in a statement circulated on Twitter.

Suu Kyi rarely speaks to the media and has said little in public about the crisis in the western state.

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