Myan­mar re­jects UN-backed Ro­hingya probe

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YAN­GON: Myan­mar yes­ter­day re­jected the United Na­tions rights coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions that se­cu­rity of­fi­cers have mur­dered, raped and tor­tured Ro­hingya Mus­lims, say­ing the probe would only “in­flame” the con­flict.

The UN agreed on Fri­day to “ur­gently” dis­patch a fact-find­ing mis­sion to the coun­try, fo­cus­ing on claims that po­lice and soldiers have car­ried out vi­o­la­tions against the Ro­hingya in Rakhine State.

Myan­mar’s For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry stopped short of say­ing it would block the probe, but said it “has dis­so­ci­ated it­self from the res­o­lu­tion as a whole”.

“The estab­lish­ment of an in­ter­na­tional fact-find­ing mis­sion would do more to in­flame, rather than re­solve the is­sues at this time,” it said.

Myan­mar is car­ry­ing out its own do­mes­tic in­quiry. AFP

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