Myanmar: Rebel group says bodies found in mass grave not militants

Army’s confessions a ‘positive development’ Suu Kyi

Army’s confessions a ‘positive development’ Suu Kyi

"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".

"Japan is willing to help [the Myanmar government] make the country a place where communities from different faiths can live together peacefully", Kono said to the village chief.

The European Union (EU) urged Myanmar to allow the United Nations (UN) to access the country for conducting the probe into the Rohingya assaults reported so far.

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.

Myanmar's Ministry of Information has blamed Rohingya militants for the violence in Rakhine.

In response to the Myanmar's military's admission of killing Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said that the confession is just the tip of the ice berg.

"This grisly admission is a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing", said James Gomez, Amnesty International's regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

In November, Kono visited a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, southeastern Bangladesh, where Rohingya had fled.

Myanmar and Bangladesh reached a deal in November past year on repatriating the refugees. Myanmar said it would start the process by January 23, but an actual figure on the extent of the repatriation is not yet known.

Suu Kyi was speaking following a meeting in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw at which Kono asked her to ensure the "safe and voluntary" resettlement of those who have fled, according to Japanese news agency Kyodo.

Japan on Friday said it would grant Myanmar $3 million to assist in the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims.

India has also pledged to give Myanmar $25 million for development projects, including prefabricated houses in Rakhine state.

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