Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday urged Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi to end the violence which has seen almost 380,000 Rohingya Muslims flee to neighboring Bangladesh. He reiterated support for civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi who is facing growing pressure to speak out over the military's conduct.
He said he understood that Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel prize laureate and de-facto head of the government in Myanmar, was in a power-sharing agreement with the military and the "complex situation" in which she found herself.
Talking to reporters here, Tillerson also likened the violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims to ethnic cleansing. And so we appreciate the hard and complex situation Aung San Suu Kyi finds herself in.
He added: "This violence must stop, this persecution must stop". And this is going to, in many ways, I think, define the direction that Burma will take. "We should give them our strong support", Tillerson said.
According to the government of Bangladesh - where thousands of Rohingya have fled - around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown. He noted that the global community has called upon Suu Kyi to stop the violence and hold human rights abusers accountable, "but there has been no action to-date".
Britain and the United States have issued their clearest call yet for the Myanmar Government to step in and stop what the United Nations calls an "ethnic cleansing" operation in the country's west.
The crisis erupted on Aug 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked about 30 police posts and an army camp, killing a dozen people.
The US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he had spoken with Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi and that she said she was working to get aid to the Rohingya Muslim areas in the Southeast Asian nation that were affected by violence. "I think many people around the world share that admiration".