Myanmar Admission Soldiers Killed Rohingya 'an Important Step': US Envoy

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"It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists", the military statement said.

A statement from the office of the commander-in-chief on Wednesday said the military's investigation had found that members of the security forces had killed the 10.

Myanmar's military said its soldiers had murdered 10 captured Muslim "terrorists" during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave they had dug.

The crackdown has rapidly spiraled into one of the worst human rights crises in the world, with more than 650,000 Rohingya fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape government repression.

Myanmar's state-run media on Wednesday said authorities have started the land work to construct buildings to accommodate returned refugees from Bangladesh in northern Rakhine, where refugees will be temporarily placed after their citizenship is scrutinized.

After being informed that there was a mass grave found near Inn Din village's cemetery, a team of five investigators led by Lt-Gen Aye Win from the office of commander-in-chief of Defense Services probed the case in December a year ago.

Ten Rohingya in the group were captured and executed, according to an internal investigation that was launched after a mass grave was located last month. The use of the term "Bengali" is the commonly used term for Rohingya in Burma as it implies they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, despite them living in Burma for generations.

"We have made a decision to provide the aid in response to the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to represent an worldwide message of support so that the repatriation can be carried out promptly", said Foreign Ministry official Shinobu Yamaguchi in a statement. "This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists".

"Villagers involved and security personnel who broke the Rules of Engagement will be taken action in accordance with the law", it added.

Myanmar's armed forces have for decades been accused by human rights groups and Western governments of abuses in the country's myriad ethnic conflicts, but it has been rare for soldiers to be held accountable. Myanmar denies that, saying its forces were carrying out legitimate "clearance operations" against insurgents.

The military investigation was led by Lieutenant General Aye Win.

"This grisly admission is a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing".

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