Washington DCThe United States on Wednesday toughened its stance on Myanmar, accusing the countrys security forces of perpetrating horrendous atrocities against the Rohingya that amount to ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority.
The statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who visited Myanmar last week, is the strongest US condemnation yet of the militarys crackdown against the Rohingya, which has triggered a major refugee crisis and escalating global outrage.
After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, Tillerson said in a statement.
No provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued.
More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled mainly Buddhist Myanmar for Bangladesh since the military launched a counter-insurgency operation in troubled Rakhine state in late August.
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