Henry Van Thio, Vice President of Myanmar, addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, 20 September 2017 in New York City.

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Mr Van Thio mentioned the “nice majority” of Muslims had stayed in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Vice-President Henry Van Thio has mentioned his authorities is “deeply involved” in regards to the exodus of individuals from Rakhine state into Bangladesh.

Talking on the UN Basic Meeting, he mentioned Myanmar was investigating “an issue of serious magnitude”.

However he repeated the federal government line that the rationale for the upheaval was unclear and that the “nice majority” of Muslims had stayed behind.

De facto chief Aung San Suu Kyi has additionally downplayed the disaster this week.

She is facing rising criticism after she delivered a speech in Myanmar on Tuesday that didn’t deal with allegations of rampant rights abuses by the military towards the largely Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine.

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Media captionThe BBC’s Jonah Fisher appears to be like at Ms Suu Kyi’s speech

She mentioned greater than half of Rakhine’s Muslims – the Myanmar authorities doesn’t use the time period Rohingya – had stayed. She additionally claimed that there had been no acts of violence or village clearances since 5 September, which has been extensively disputed.

On Wednesday Mr Van Thio repeated this view, saying: “I am completely satisfied to tell you that the scenario has improved.”

He was talking on the UN Basic Meeting rather than Aung San Suu Kyi. She declined to attend the Basic Meeting in an effort to deal with the disaster.

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Tens of 1000’s of Rohingya migrants are actually in makeshift camps in Bangladesh with restricted support accessible

He mentioned not simply Muslims however different minority teams had fled, and safety forces had been informed to “take full measures to keep away from collateral injury and the harming of harmless civilians”.

He additionally mentioned support can be distributed “with out discrimination”.

The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and are extensively despised.

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Media captionDr Win Myat Aye mentioned most Muslims had stayed in Rakhine

Greater than 400,000 have fled from Rakhine to neighbouring Bangladesh amid a army crackdown, launched shortly after a 25 August assault on police posts by Rohingya militants.

The Burmese army is extensively accused of committing atrocities amounting to ethnic cleaning.

The army says its operations are geared toward rooting out terrorists and has repeatedly denied concentrating on civilians.

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On Wednesday at a UN Safety Council assembly, US Vice-President Mike Pence accused the army of exhibiting “horrible savagery” in the direction of the Rohingya, the strongest remarks from the US but on the disaster.

He mentioned the violence would “sow seeds of hatred and chaos which will properly devour the area for generations to return and threaten the peace of us all”.

Different world leaders this week have additionally referred to as for an finish to the violence, with French President Emmanuel Macron calling it “genocide” and Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina saying it was an “insufferable human disaster”.