Japan urges Myanmar to conduct credible Rohingya probe

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Japan urges Myanmar to conduct credible Rohingya probe
Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her speech during the joint press remarks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their bilateral meeting at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool Photo via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Myanmar’s leader that a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims is key to resolving tensions in the country’s Rakhine state.

Abe told a joint news conference after holding talks on Tuesday with Aung San Suu Kyi that Japan will support efforts by her country to accommodate Rohingya who return home from refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.

Myanmar’s military is accused of widespread rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and burning villages, which sent about 700,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh since August last year.

Buddhist-dominated Myanmar has denied abuses by its military.

Suu Kyi’s government has rejected independent international investigations into the alleged abuses and has commissioned its own probe.