Johnson urges Rohingya probe

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Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Reuters

NAYPYIDAW (AFP) – Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson stopped off in Myanmar yesterday to press Aung San Suu Kyi on the need for an independent probe into violence in Rakhine state. Mr Johnson met with the embattled Myanmar leader in Naypyidaw while on a four-day tour in Asia. Yesterday Mr Johnson and Ms Suu Kyi “discussed in an open and friendly manner the latest developments in Rakhine State, including planning for the reception of returnees who fled”, Myanmar’s foreign ministry said on Facebook. Mr Johnson, who later flew to Rakhine state, wrote on Twitter that he raised the “importance of (Myanmar) authorities in carrying out full & independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine”. He said he also stressed the “urgent need to create the right conditions for Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Rakhine”.

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