UK's Boris Johnson on "horror" of Rohingya crisis

Boris Johnson shakes hands with Aung San Suu Kyi

Johnson, who later flew to Rakhine state, wrote on Twitter that he raised the "importance of (Myanmar) authorities in carrying out full & independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine".

Burma has staunchly denied the charges of ethnic cleansing and blocked United Nations investigators from the conflict zone, which has soured its relations with a number of western allies.

"Action according to the law" will be taken against seven soldiers, three policemen, and six villagers as part of an army investigation, said government spokesman Zaw Htay on Sunday.

Rohingya men were hacked with swords or shot dead in the village of Inn Din and the bodies were buried in a mass grave.

But the military's version of events was contradicted by accounts given to Reuters news agency by Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim witnesses.

Rohingya living there told AFP soldiers had recently put up tents near the barbed wire fence.

Almost 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts by rebels triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

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A spokesperson for Reuters said at the time: "Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are journalists who perform a crucial role in shedding light on issues of global interest". The police has said two police officers were also arrested.

The journalists could face a maximum of 14 years in prison under official secrets act legislation. "We must strengthen our efforts to give support especially to the organisations involved here", German MEP Joachim Zeller told Efe news.

There has been no official comment from the government following the publication of the report.

Boris Johnson confronted Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of Rohingya muslim refugees yesterday morning before visiting a burned out Rohinya village in Myanmar.

"I want to see and hear for myself the awful things these people have been through, and I will be talking to State Counsellor (Daw) Aung San Suu Kyi and other regional leaders about how we can work together to resolve this appalling crisis", Johnson said in a statement released on Friday.

After the talks Mr Johnson toured Rakhine State with representatives from the Burmese military.

The Rohingya have long faced severe discrimination and were the targets of violence in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people - predominantly Rohingya - from their homes to camps for the internally displaced, where most remained until last year's fresh violence, the scale of which has led to accusations that Myanmar's army carried out ethnic cleansing or even genocide. Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, and says its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.

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