10 innocent Rohingya civilians in mass grave

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A European Union delegation in Myanmar on Thursday urged the government to launch a thorough and credible investigation into violence against Rohingyas in the western Rakhine State.

It noted that Taro Kono planned to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi and military leader Min Aung Hlaing as well as visit Maungdaw Township in northern Rakhine State.

"We hereby declare that these ten innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA", the group said in a statement on Twitter.

As per Anadolu news agency, the request comes after the military admitted to the killing of 10 Rohingyas in the war-ravaged Rakhine state.

"It is a positive indication that we are taking the steps to be responsible", Suu Kyi said according to the report in the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.

During a meeting with Suu Kyi, Foreign Minister Taro Kono who is visiting Myanmar asked for her government to allow humanitarian and media access to the affected area, the resettlement of returned refugees and the implementation of recommendations made by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

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The military commission tasked with investigating the mass grave near Inn Din determined that soldiers and local residents from the majority Buddhist community killed 10 members of the Rohingya minority, who are mostly Muslims, believing them to be members of the rebel group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

A statement from the military on Wednesday said its investigation had found that members of the security forces had taken part in the killings and action would be taken against them.

Tun Aye was one of four Inn Din villagers detained by police on December 15, said Khin Win.

National police spokesman Thet Naing said he was not aware of the murder complaint.

More than 650,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug 25 after Myanmar's security forces launched what the United Nations and U.S. officials have called ethnic cleansing in the country's Rakhine state.

Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces had mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.

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