Myanmar: Security forces face 'action' over killings

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi greets ethnic representatives during a Union Day reception in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi greets ethnic representatives during a Union Day reception in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday

Johnson met with the State Counsellor, whose reputation among the worldwide community has crumbled over her handling of the Rohingya crisis, in Nay Pyi Taw while on a four-day Asian tour.

Mr Johnson and Ms Suu Kyi met after the Foreign Secretary visited Cox's Bazar, a huge refugee camp in Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled after the army crackdown in Rakhine.

Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) estimates 6,700 Rohingya died in the first month of violence.

The NCA was a landmark ceasefire agreement between the government of Myanmar and representatives of various ethnic insurgent groups agreed upon in March 2015.

The bodies of the men were found in a mass grave.

She has refused to change tack.

Johnson's statement said he had "raised the plight" of the two arrested Reuters journalists with Aung San Suu Kyi.

Foreign Affairs Minister Shahriar Alam said the government was involving the United Nations refugee agency so that it could not be accused of sending anyone from the stateless Muslim minority back against their will.

Ahead of the talks the UK's foreign office said Johnson would press for an "end to the suffering in Rakhine and the safe and voluntary return of the refugees".

Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, said on January 29 that Myanmar would repatriate refugees who fled from Myanmar when Bangladesh would send them.

Rohingya Muslims say they are a long-persecuted minority in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and are denied many basic rights and educational and job opportunities.

Action will be taken against 10 members of Burma's security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, a government spokesman said on Sunday, adding it was not related to a Reuters report on the incident.

Prosecutors are seeking to charge Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under Burma's Official Secrets Act, which dates back to the time of colonial British rule and carries a maximum 14-year prison sentence.

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.

The panel was thrown into the spotlight in January after veteran United States diplomat Bill Richardson published a withering resignation letter saying he could not in "good conscience" sit on a board he feared would only "whitewash" the crisis.

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