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Myanmar's Suu Kyi Says Army Admission on Killings a Positive Step

Myanmar's Suu Kyi Says Army Admission on Killings a Positive Step

Aung San Suu Kyi thanked Japan for its support after the country announced on Friday it would give a total of 23 million dollars, subject to parliamentary approval, for rehabilitation of refugees and improving humanitarian conditions in Rakhine State.

The request comes after Myanmar military admitted that some of its soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 captured Rohingya men in western Rakhine state in September past year and buried them in a mass grave near Inn Din village in Maungdaw township. He visited a bridge crossing a river which returning Rohingya refugees will use and a government facility where they will complete repatriation procedures.

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.

Amnesty International has called the summary killings at Inn Din "the tip of the iceberg" in terms of atrocities carried out since August and urged a wider, impartial probe.

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"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".

But the conflict area of Rakhine remains locked down to media, aid agencies and United Nations investigators.

"These 10 Rohingya innocent civilians found in the mass grave. were neither ARSA members nor had any association with ARSA", it said in a statement circulated on Twitter. They have been regarded by many majority Buddhists as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

Myanmar refutes the allegations, blaming militants for causing the violence and the worldwide media and aid agencies for spreading false information due to a pro-Rohingya bias.