Japan urges Suu Kyi to ensure Rohingya's safe return

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Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, on Saturday said that admission by the country's Army that it has participated in crimes against the Rohingyas is a positive step.

Suu Kyi made the comments Friday during a joint news conference with Japan's foreign minister.

Some 655,000 Rohingya have fled western Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August, carrying with them consistent accounts of atrocities by Myanmar's army.

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On Wednesday the military acknowledged that security forces and villagers were responsible for the deaths of 10 people found in a mass grave in December.

Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the importance of the rule of law and said the military would take responsibility.

"We have chose to provide the aid in response to the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to represent an worldwide message of support so that the repatriation can be carried out promptly", said Foreign Ministry official Shinobu Yamaguchi in a statement.

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ARSA, the Rohingya militant group, "wholeheartedly" welcomed the army's admission saying it validated the wider allegations of abuses including a campaign of rape and murder and the systematic torching of villages.

Rohingyas who fled from the persecution of Myanmar security forces want to see a positive development including citizenship, security, and scope for enjoying their basic rights before they return to their country from Bangladesh, the UNHCR said recently.

The United Nations has called the violence against civilians "ethnic cleansing", but the Myanmarese Government rejected the claims.

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Soldiers and local residents from the majority Buddhist community had killed 10 members of the Rohingyas, a Muslim minority community, believing them to be members of the rebel Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, according to a statement released by the commission charged with investigating the crime.

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