Myanmar army responsible for Rohingya crisis: US

"I''ve been in contact with Aung San Suu Kyi the leader of the civilian part of the government, as you know this is a power sharing government.

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Washington, Publish Date: Oct 20 2017 12:06AM | Updated Date: Oct 20 2017 12:06AM
Myanmar army responsible for Rohingya crisis: USFile Photo

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today the United States holds Myanmar's military leadership "accountable" for the Rohingya refugee crisis, drawing a distinction with Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government.

"We're extraordinarily concerned by what is happening with Rohingya in Burma," Tillerson said.

"I've been in contact with Aung San Suu Kyi the leader of the civilian part of the government, as you know this is a power sharing government.

"We really hold the military leadership accountable for what's happening," he said, warning the world won't stand and "be witness to the atrocities that have been reported."

Tillerson said that Washington understands that Myanmar is facing "serious rebel terrorist elements" in Rakhine, but warned the military must be disciplined and "restrained."

And he said Myanmar must grant fuller access to aid agencies to aid civilians and to allow the world "a fuller picture of what is going on."

"Someone is going to be held to account for that and it's up to the military leadership of Burma to decide what role do they want to play in the future of Burma," he said.

"This is a real test for this power sharing government." AFP