Boris Johnson meets Aung San Suu Kyi for Rohingya talks

EU Parliament delegation goes to Myanmar, as evidence of genocide spreads

UK foreign minister set to visit Rohingya refugee camp

Myanmar's leader and Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi is facing worldwide criticism, including from fellow peace prize victor Desmond Tutu, for not doing more to stop what the United Nations says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state.

Many Rohingya do not feel safe returning to a country where they have faced violent persecution and decades of discrimination at the hands of a country that has denied them citizenship.

The Myanmar government has faced worldwide accusations of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign in Rakhine, with almost 700,000 Rohingya fleeing the area since last August amid reports of atrocities committed by troops and vigilante groups.

In November, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an agreement to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees by the end of January, but Dhaka suspended it at the last minute.

Boris Johnson has been visiting camps on the Bangladesh border that hold the refugees who fled Myanmar to escape a military crackdown.

He told Reuters in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh on Saturday that the violence in northern Rakhine clearly amounted to ethnic cleansing but observers and monitors should be allowed into the area to establish evidence.

But aid agencies have joined the refugees themselves in expressing fears about the conditions and their rights and safety upon their return.

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Mr Johnson is due to tour Rakhine State with representatives from the Burmese military later.

The foreign secretary paid tribute to the "hospitality and compassion" of the Bangladeshi government in providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya community, but emphasised refugee rights must be respected.

And the refugees are anxious about the conditions and their rights upon their return.

Johnson and Aung San Suu Kyi "discussed in an open and friendly manner the latest developments in Rakhine State, including planning for the reception of returnees who fled", the Burmese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a Facebook post.

Mr Johnson will also meet the chair of the Advisory Board on the Rakhine Advisory Commission, Surakiart Sathirathai.

He will go on to Bangkok, Thailand, for talks with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

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