Boris Johnson describes 'sheer devastation' of burned out Rohingya villages

2 ethnic militias sign up for Myanmar peace talks

Global attention has focused on the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims forced out of western Myanmar into Bangladesh by a violent military campaign.

She has been much maligned internationally for a perceived failure to speak up on behalf of the Rohingya but her stance has proved popular domestically.

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

Doctors Without Borders estimates at least 6,700 Rohingya died in the first month of the violence that sparked the outpouring of refugees.

Earlier on February 5, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) said the possible "acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing" by the Myanmar army against the Rohingyas could incite a religious conflict in the South Asian region.

Discussed importance of Burmese authorities in carrying out full & independent investigation into the violence in #Rakhine & urgent need to create the right conditions for #Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Rakhine.

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Fresh reports of mass graves in Rakhine - and the arrest of two Reuters journalists investigating an alleged massacre - have heaped new pressure on Suu Kyi to condemn the army, who she is in a delicate power-sharing arrangement with. But the Nobel laureate has refused to change tack.

Shahriar Alam, a foreign affairs minister, said the government signed the deal so the country could not be accused of returning anyone from the Muslim minority against their will.

Hundreds and hundreds of villages torched.

Ending near-perpetual civil war has been Suu Kyi's stated top priority, but the Buddhist-majority country has seen the worst fighting with rebels in years since she took office nearly two years ago.

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 U.S. 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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