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US tells Myanmar: Implement Annan reprot: EU

The United States has called on Myanmar security authorities to respect the rule of law, stop the violence, and end the displacement of civilians from all communities, reports UNB. "We also urge Burmese (Myanmar) security forces to work with the elected government in implementing the Rakhine Commission's recommendations," the White House press secretary said in a statement a copy of which obtained by UNB. The US welcomed the Myanmar government's commitment to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches victims as quickly as possible. They urged the Myanmar government to allow media access to the afflicted areas as soon as possible. "Most of those displaced by the violence have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh and we greatly appreciate the significant efforts of the government of Bangladesh to facilitate humanitarian assistance." The United States said it is deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in northern Rakhine State in Burma, where at least 370,000 people have fled their homes in the wake of attacks on Burmese security posts on August 25. "We reiterate our condemnation of those attacks and ensuing violence," said the press secretary. The massive displacement and victimisation of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community and other minorities, shows that Myanmar security forces are not protecting civilians. "We're alarmed by the allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, burning of villages, massacres, and rape, by security forces and by civilians acting with these forces' consent," the statement added. The European Union (EU) has urged Myanmar to implement the recommendations of Annan Advisory Commission to resolve the ongoing Rhoingya crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Federica Mogherini, high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, came up with the call in a statement at Brussels on Monday. "I am following the dramatic developments in Rakhine State and at the border region in Bangladesh closely. The European Union has raised its concerns as recently as last Friday in direct contacts with Myanmar government members," she said. "As I stated in my statement a few days ago, the priority is now to obtain immediate humanitarian access again, and to address in parallel the root causes of the conflict by implementing the Annan Advisory Commission recommendations to this end," Mogherini, also the vice-president of the Commission, said in the statement. "On both accounts we were reassured that there will be implementing steps this week, which I expect to happen," said Mogherini adding EU has been in close contact with Bangladeshi authorities and stepping up its humanitarian engagement there. Over 370000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and old people, fled violence to seek safety in Bangladesh since August 25 when Myanmar security forces launched attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, sparking off a huge global criticism. Bangladesh-origin British lawmaker Rushanara Ali has said the international community must apply greater pressure on the Myanmar military as well as the civilian-led government to end the Rohingya crisis. "It's right we have called on Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out but pressure must be applied to the Generals of the Myanmar army," she said in an interview with Sky News. She said that can start immediately with the UK government suspending and reviewing its military to military training programme, according to her official Facebook page. During the interview, she discussed the recent escalation of violence in Myanmar targeted towards the Rohingyas. Meanwhile, 157 parliamentarians have signed a letter to the Foreign Secretary condemning the recent escalation of violence targeted towards Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. "We've called on the government to exert greater pressure on the government of Myanmar, including both Aung San Suu Kyi and on Min Aung Hlaing, the commander in chief of the military," Rushanara wrote on her Facebook wall. The letter also called on the British government to suspend and review its current training programme it provides the Burmese military and that any resumption should be conditional on commitments from the military to abide by international law.

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