WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the United States will continue to hold accountable those responsible for abhorrent ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Pompeo issued this statement on twitter on the first anniversary of the conflict in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes into neighboring Bangladesh.
Mike Pompeo said the military must respect human rights for Burma’s democracy to succeed.
Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh held demonstrations and prayers to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.
Thousands of refugees marched prayed and chanted slogans in events across the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh to commemorate the start of the Rohingya genocide.
International pressure on Myanmar has been growing as U.N.-mandated investigators are set to publish a report on the crisis tomorrow.
Meanwhile,the United Nations Security Council will hold a briefing on Myanmar on Tuesday.