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US Says Myanmar Denial of Ethnic Cleansing is 'Preposterous'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a meeting of the 15-member council on Myanmar that the council must hold Myanmar military accountable for their actions and pressure Aung San Suu Kyi to acknowledge these horrific acts that are taking place in her country.

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Updated:February 13, 2018, 11:26 PM IST
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US Says Myanmar Denial of Ethnic Cleansing is 'Preposterous'
File photo of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (Photo: Reuters)
United Nations: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Myanmar's government was preventing the United Nations Security Council and other groups from traveling to Rakhine state because they want to ensure "no one contradicts their preposterous denials" of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

"This council must hold the military accountable for their actions and pressure Aung San Suu Kyi to acknowledge these horrific acts that are taking place in her country," Haley told a meeting of the 15-member council on Myanmar.

While the United States and the United Nations have called the military campaign against the Rohingya "ethnic cleansing", Myanmar denies the allegations levelled against it, and says its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.

Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled 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.

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