Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono after their a joint press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.
Myanmar does not consider the Rohingyas to be citizens, treating them mostly as Bangladeshi immigrants and imposing many restrictions on them, including on their freedom of movement within the country.
"The Myanmar military admitted for the first time the extrajudicial killings of 10 Muslim villagers whose bodies had been discovered in a mass grave near Inn Din village, Maungdaw district", read the statement issued by the European Union delegation, the Heads of Mission of European Union member states accredited to Myanmar and the Head of Mission of Norway, Efe reported.
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There are more than 3,00,000 Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, who fled in earlier waves of violence from the Myanmarese Government since the last three decades.
On Wednesday the military acknowledged that security forces and villagers were responsible for the deaths of 10 people found in a mass grave in December.
Observers hoped the emergence of Suu Kyi's civilian government in 2016 would see the army ease up on its notorious "scorched earth" approach to rebellion and conflict. Humanitarian groups and independent media are prohibited from traveling to the area freely.
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ARSA, the Rohingya militant group, "wholeheartedly" welcomed the army's admission saying it validated the wider allegations of abuses including a campaign of rape and murder and the systematic torching of villages.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein went on to say that the army's crackdown on the Rohingyas appeared to be a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
Myanmar refutes the allegations, blaming militants for causing the violence and the global media and aid agencies for spreading false information due to a pro-Rohingya bias.
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