Washington, Oct 27: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed concern over the “continuing humanitarian crisis and reported atrocities in Rakhine state” of Myanmar.
The Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauerts said here that Tillerson spoke by phone with Myanmar’s Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on Thursday.
The Secretary of State urged Myanmar’s security forces to support the government in ending the violence in Rakhine state and allowing the safe return home of those displaced during this crisis, especially the large numbers of ethnic Rohingya, in accordance with the 1992 Joint Statement with Bangladesh and without further conditions.
At the same time, Tillerson urged the military to facilitate humanitarian aid for displaced people in affected areas, allow media access, and cooperate with the United Nations to ensure a thorough, independent investigation into all allegations of human rights abuses and violations and to ensure accountability.
He also condemned the August 25 deadly attacks by militants on security forces in Rakhine state.