Rex Tillerson to discuss Rohingya crisis with Aung San Suu Kyi

Tillerson says US considers individual sanctions for Myanmar

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday added his voice to the chorus of concern, informing ASEAN leaders he has tasked his special envoy to engage in diplomatic efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arriving in Myanmar on Wednesday, the US will look to engage the country's military leaders and Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi in addressing the violence against the Rohingya, according to the official, who asked not to be identified previewing Tillerson's visit.

He says that "her association with our city shames us all and we should have no truck with it, even by default". But she has also come under fire for not speaking out more forcefully against the violence and for questioning reports that government security forces and Buddhist vigilantes indiscriminately attacked Rohingya and burned their villages.

He apparently ignored the question, replying only: "Thank you", according to a pool report of the encounter.

More than 618,000 people have fled to the neighbouring Bangladesh after the army launched an offensive in the north of the western Rakhine State in response to the attacks by a group of Rohingya insurgents on security posts in late August.

The military said the investigation - which was led by Lt. Gen. "Aung San Suu Kyi, about the plight of the Muslim refugees in Rakhine state", he told a press conference.

"We are always looking at. how we can help, how we can move forward in a way that reduces violence, that emphasises the rule of law and that ensures protection for all citizens", he said.

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"This is of tremendous concern to Canada and many, many other countries around the world".

The Myanmar military launched its clearance operation in Rakhine after an army base and 30 police posts were attacked on August 25 by Rohingya militants, killing about a dozen members of the security forces.

A senior United Nations official leveled accusations of mass rape, killings and torture against the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, after a tour of refugee camps in the Cox's Bazar region of neighboring Bangladesh.

Rohingya Muslims have lived in Myanmar for decades but many in the country's Buddhist majority see them as foreigners. He is expected to meet senior officials to hold talks on the crisis.

However, it heavily restricts access to the region by independent journalists and aid groups, and verification of events on the ground is virtually impossible.

In a speech this past September, Suu Kyi urged the global community to be patient over the crisis, and also suggested that the fleeing Rohingya were partly responsible. Human rights organisations have branded it a "whitewash". The top U.S. diplomat will travel from Manila, where the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) culminated on Tuesday.

Secretary Guterres said, "the dramatic movement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh, is a worrying escalation in a protracted tragedy and a potential source of instability in the region, and radicalization".

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