Myanmar's Suu Kyi says army admission on killings a positive step

From Reuters - January 12, 2018

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmars civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday it was positive that the countrys military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops, after the army said soldiers were involved in killing 10 captured Rohingya Muslims.

The military said in a statement on Wednesday that soldiers and Buddhist villagers had murdered 10 Muslim terrorists at a village in northern Rakhine State at the beginning of September and that action would be taken against those responsible.

Asked at a joint news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono about the rare admission of wrongdoing by the military, known as the Tatmadaw, Suu Kyi said: The Tatmadaw investigated and will take necessary action on that.

It is a new step for our country, she said, according to a transcript posted on her Facebook page. I see it that way because a country needs to take responsibility for the rule of law in the country, and this is the first step on the road of taking responsibility and it is a positive thing.

Suu Kyi rarely speaks to the media and has said little in public about the crisis in the western state. The army, which is not under the control of the civilian government, launched a sweeping counteroffensive in northern Rakhine in response to Rohingya militant attacks on Aug. 25, triggering an exodus of more than 650,000 Rohingya villagers to Bangladesh.

Asked if the revelations about the killing at the village of Inn Din, about 50 km (30 miles) north of the state capital Sittwe, could be a concern for refugees who are being asked to return, Suu Kyi said: Some people might be afraid, but this is not something that has happened right now.

It was an investigation into a case that happened before. So doing this investigation is a deterrent so that similar cases dont happen later.


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