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UK ambassador demands ‘proper investigation’ into Rohingya crisis

Britain's ambassador to the UN calls for a 'proper investigation' into alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar.

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Some 670,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since security forces launched a violent crackdown in Rakhine state last August [AM Ahad/AP]

Myanmar must carry out a “proper investigation” into alleged crimes against the country’s minority Rohingya population, Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations said.

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Karen Pierce called on Tuesday for the “root causes” of the crisis – which has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh as a result of what the UN has described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” by government security forces – to be addressed.

“In order to have accountability there must be a proper investigation,” said Pierce, part of a four-day UN Security Council (UNSC) envoy visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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