Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar must stop

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The BBC's Fergal Keane spoke to Buddhists in the second city Mandalay

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The BBC's Fergal Keane spoke to Buddhists in the second city Mandalay

The bulk of United Kingdom aid money will go to Bangladesh to fund food, shelter, water and sanitation for the estimated 370,000 Rohingya Muslims thought to have crossed the border in the past fortnight.

Aung San Suu Kyi's spokesman has said she will not attend next week's annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations, where the plight of the Rohingya will be in the spotlight.

McConnell, whose Republicans control majorities in both houses of Congress, repeated earlier criticism of a resolution introduced in the US Senate urging Suu Kyi to do more for Burma's ethnic minority Rohingya population, and lessening the chance that any such measure could pass.

After the UN Security Council held closed consultations on the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, the president of the UNSC voices the states' concern over the situation in the country.

Last October, following attacks on border posts in Rakhine's Maungdaw district, security forces launched a five-month crackdown in which, according to Rohingya groups, around 400 people were killed.

Replying a question about his views what is taking place in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and the behavior of Aung San Suu Kyi, Tillerson said this violence must stop; this persecution must stop.

While Johnson insisted that he still has "a great deal of admiration" for Suu Kyi, who is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, he added, "I think it's now vital for her to use that moral capital and that authority to make the point about the suffering of the people of Rakhine". "I think nobody wants to see a return to military rule in Burma, nobody wants to see a return of the generals", he said.

Tillerson said the US appreciated the "difficult and complex situation" Suu Kyi finds herself in, sharing political power with the military, but he also described the "horrors" occurring in the Southeast Asian nation as a "defining moment" for its new democracy. He reiterated support for civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi who is facing growing pressure to speak out over the military's conduct.

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