Johnson presses Suu Kyi on Rohingya plight

Violence fuels fear among Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Violence fuels fear among Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

But the Nobel laureate has refused to change tack and is accused by critics of bunkering down in a siege mentality.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday met with Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and discussed the latest situation in Rakhine State at her office in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Johnson wrote on Twitter that he raised the "importance of [Myanmar] authorities in carrying out full and independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine".

"I underlined the urgency of creating the conditions in Rakhine that could make it a safe place for the Rohingya refugees to return to, free from fear, and in the knowledge that their basic rights will be respected and upheld".

Myanmar and Bangladesh have inked a deal to bring refugees back to northern Rakhine, but repatriation has yet to begin.

Others have no home to return to after their villages were torched in the military crackdown.

That public admission followed the arrests of two Myanmar journalists who were investigating the massacre and are now facing up 14 years in prison on charges of possessing secret documents.

Johnson will next visit Thailand, as well as meeting with the leader of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission on Implementation Committee for Suggestion on Rakhine State.

The panel was thrown into the spotlight in January after veteran USA diplomat Bill Richardson published a withering resignation letter saying he could not in "good conscience" sit on a board he feared would only "whitewash" the crisis.

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