Tillerson calls for an end to 'horrors' in Myanmar


But the former political prisoner has faced growing criticism from fellow Nobel laureates over her response to what the United Nations human rights chief called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". "This violence must stop, this persecution must stop".

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Tillerson stated that Suu Kyi has found herself in a hard and complex situation and that Myanmar's democracy is facing a defining moment.

The Myanmar government "and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in particular, should condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and combat social discrimination and hostilities against the Rohingya minority", said the resolution. And we need to support Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership, but also be very clear and unequivocal to the military share, power-sharing in that government that this is unacceptable.

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In the past few years there have been periodic explosions of violence, culminating in the current crackdown by security forces that began August 25 and which top United Nations officials have also described as ethnic cleansing.

Since last month, some 389,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh following a surge in violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Other sums will be spent in Burma itself, providing life-saving assistance in Rakhine state.

A crackdown by Myanmar's army, launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25, has pushed vast numbers of refugees from the stateless Muslim minority across the border.

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Suu Kyi, an honorary citizen of Canada and Nobel laureate, has been criticized for her ambiguous position on the Rohingya crisis.

"Violence in Myanmar has created a humanitarian catastrophe".

At a press conference late Wednesday, government spokesman Zaw Htay announced Suu Kyi will address citizens next week with a message of peace and national reconciliation. "And attacking the single political leader who has worked to further democracy within Burma is likely to hinder the objective over the long run", McConnell concluded.

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