US secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for an independent investigation into Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis.
Myanmar’s army has been accused of killing Rohingya people and burning their villages, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee to Bangladesh.
Tillerson said the crisis concerned the us, but added that sanctions against Myanmar were “not advisable” at this time.
His comments came after he met Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s military.
International pressure has been mounting for months on Aung Sang Suu Kyi to condemn the army’s alleged brutality and what the un described as “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Ms Suu Kyi is the de-facto head of Myanmar’s civilian administration but does not have control over the military.
She is accused of ignoring the plight of the Rohingya, A Muslim minority which is left stateless in majority-Buddhist Myanmar.
Speaking on Wednesday at a joint press briefing With Suu Kyi, Tillerson said the us was “distressed” by the suffering of the refugees fleeing to Bangladesh.
About 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since august this year, after a counter-insurgency operation responding to Rohingya militants attacking police posts and killing members of the security forces.
Tillerson condemned the attack by the Arakan Rohingya salvation army (ARSA), calling it an “unprovoked attack” that us had “zero tolerance” for.
Meanwhile, Suu Kyi defended her record on the issue.
She said that her office had released several statements on the situation and she had also spoken out about the crisis.
Rohingya people who reached Bangladesh also said that Burmese troops backed by local Buddhist mobs had burned their villages, attacking and killing civilians.
Amnesty international said the army’s report was an attempted “whitewash” and called for un fact finders to be allowed into the state