United Nations chief meets Myanmar"s Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis"

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United Nations chief meets Myanmar

In a statement issued late Monday, the military said it had interviewed thousands of people during a monthlong investigation into the conduct of troops in western Rakhine state after Rohingya insurgents launched a series of deadly attacks there on August 25.

Trudeau also told Southeast Asian heads of state, including Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, that he's asked his special envoy to engage in diplomatic efforts to find ways in which Canada can help resolve the Rohingya crisis.

The UN says the Myanmar military is engaged in a "coordinated and systematic" attempt to purge the region of Rohingya in what amounts to a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

"The Burmese military's absurd effort to absolve itself of mass atrocities underscores why an independent worldwide investigation is needed to establish the facts and identify those responsible", said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

The military, known as the Tatmadaw, has consistently protested its innocence, and on Monday it posted the findings of an internal investigation on the Facebook page of its commander in chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres today met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and urged her to take steps to ensure "dignified" return of hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees who have fled the country to Bangladesh following violence against them. "The Burmese authorities have once again shown that they can't and won't credibly investigate themselves". In a speech in September, she had said that Myanmar would take back only "verified" refugees.

The military said that, while 376 "terrorists" were killed, there were no deaths of innocent people.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the military's latest claims were "contrary to a large and growing body of evidence" documenting severe rights abuses in Myanmar.

Amnesty International also dismissed the military's internal investigation.

Suu Kyi has assured other Southeast Asian nations that her government is implementing the recommendations of a commission led by Annan on the situation in Rakhine state, where more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighboring Bangladesh.

Abe also told Suu Kyi that Japan's public and private sectors will continue to assist Myanmar with the various challenges it faces as it goes forth with democratization, according to the spokesman.

He called on Tuesday for a "sustainable and just solution" to the ongoing crisis, stressing the importance of recommendations and the final report of the advisory commission headed by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to help chart the path toward a peaceful resolution.

"Both parts of the government will have to work together in order to solve this problem.Trying to get two of them to work together, to try to solve the problem, is certainly going to be very important", the U.S. official said.

The conservative ASEAN, which includes Myanmar and other countries critical of its handling of the Rohingya crisis like Malaysia, has refused to formally discuss the crisis as a bloc in a strongly critical manner.

Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from becoming Myanmar's president, but she serves as state counselor, a position created following the landslide election victory of her National League for Democracy in 2015.

"They're still coming, risking their lives, driven by fears of starvation and violence", Shariful Azam, a police official in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, a narrow spit of land where the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis is unfolding.

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