The United States has announced it will withdraw its military assistance units from Myanmar due to the country’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state.
The US state department added it had also dropped travel waivers for Myanmar military officials and was considering economic sanctions for the South East Asian country.
Bangladesh’s diplomat to the United Nations said almost a million Rohingya people have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh amid the recent conflicts in Myanmar.
“It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities be held accountable,” the US state department said.
“We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured,” the US department spokesperson added.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US was extraordinarily concerned by the situation in Rakhine state, adding that the US held Myanmar’s military leadership accountable for its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority.
The UN has called the ongoing violence in the South East Asian country a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
Bangladesh’s UN ambassador said approximately 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar since late August, adding the 300,000 people which had fled the country.
On the other hand, the Myanmar government still considers the Rohingya to be stateless immigrants from Bangladesh, despite they have been in the country for generations.
The government claims its military are fighting dangerous militants in Rakhine state after 12 security personnel were killed on August 25.
Foreign governments and world leaders have urged for a cessation of hostilities and the peaceful resolution of the situation in Myanmar.
However, Myanmar’s refusal to acknowledge the Rohingya makes it harder for any negotiations and resolutions to be reached, Bangladesh’s envoy said on Monday.
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