Suu Kyi Says Rohingya Mass Grave Investigation 'Positive'

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono speaks at a news conference in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw Jan. 12 2018

"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.

It reported that hundreds of thousands of them fled violence in western Myanmar.

"We hereby declare that these ten innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA", the group said in a statement on Twitter.

"We have chose to provide the aid in response to the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to represent an worldwide message of support so that the repatriation can be carried out promptly", said Foreign Ministry official Shinobu Yamaguchi in a statement.

"We have already said it is very hard to segregate who is a terrorist and who are innocent villagers", spokesman Zaw Htay said.

The Myanmar military did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


Asked about the admission on Wednesday by Myanmar's military that its security forces and Buddhist villagers killed 10 captured Rohingya during clashes past year, Suu Kyi stressed the importance of the rule of law and said the military will take responsibility.

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".

As of December 2017, an estimated 6,55,000 Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh to avoid the persecution from the security forces that started in Myanmar's Rakhine state in August previous year. The army appointed a senior officer to investigate. Also, they have been long persecuted by the Buddhists and the security forces.

Neither the military nor Suu Kyi has said what action will be taken against those responsible for the deaths linked to the mass grave in Rakhine state.

National police spokesman Thet Naing said he was not aware of the murder complaint.

The military launched "clearance operations" against ethnic Rohingya in August, prompting more than 650,000 to flee into neighboring Bangladesh in what the United Nations has called "ethnic cleansing".

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