Myanmar's Suu Kyi: Army admission on killings a 'positive step'

Rohingya refugee children play at no man's land at the Bangladesh Burmese border in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh Jan. 12 2018

Rohingya refugee children play at no man's land at the Bangladesh Burmese border in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh Jan. 12 2018

During a meeting on Friday, Kono asked Suu Kyi's government to allow humanitarian and media access to the affected area, the resettlement of returned refugees, and the implementation of recommendations made by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan.

Kono arrived in Rakhine state on board a Myanmar military helicopter on Saturday as the first minister from a foreign country to visit the region.

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

"It is a new step for our country", she said, according to a transcript posted on her Facebook page.

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Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the importance of the rule of law and said the military would take responsibility.

Suu Kyi rarely speaks to the media and has said little in public about the crisis in the western state. The army, which is not under the control of the civilian government, launched a sweeping counteroffensive in northern Rakhine in response to Rohingya militant attacks on August 25, triggering an exodus of more than 650,000 Rohingya villagers to Bangladesh. "So doing this investigation is a deterrent so that similar cases don't happen later".

The Japanese government decided earlier Friday to give 330 million yen (95 million baht) in emergency grant aid to Myanmar to assist with rebuilding living conditions for "displaced persons returning to Myanmar from Bangladesh" in accordance with that agreement. "We are thankful to Japan for its willingness to support the needs both for short term and long term", Suu Kyi told the joint news conference.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have been discussing a plan to repatriate the refugees.

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