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Myanmar halts military operations in Rakhine state

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Myanmar halts military operations in Rakhine state

He will work with government ministries and departments to tackle the country's security challenges, it said.

The military and police have separately set up a team to investigate alleged crimes after Suu Kyi promised to probe United Nations allegations of atrocities against the Muslim minority.

The government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has denied nearly all allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine, including mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims, and said the operation was a lawful counterinsurgency campaign.

"The situation in northern Rakhine has now stabilized".

"The clearance operations undertaken by the military have ceased, the curfew has been eased", National Security Advisor Thaung Tun said in the statement.

Human rights groups say that more than one thousand homes have been burnt and unknown number of civilians killed in the army crackdown.

"There can be no excuse for excessive force, for abuses of fundamental human rights and basic criminality", Thaung Tun said on Wednesday.

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After months of limited delivery and access to humanitarian aid, Thaung Tun also said that the government is focused on "providing immediate humanitarian relief" as well as "finding real, lasting solutions to the situation in Rakhine".

The state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday that the Sittwe District Court sentenced a man named Urumu for murder for the October 9 attack on an outpost on Rakhine state's border with Bangladesh that killed one officer.

No official information has yet been released about the charges or location of the hundreds of people that Myanmar authorities claim to have arrested and "taken legal action" against since 9 October 2016.

In the meantime, military and police presence remains heavy in Rakhine to "uphold security, tranquility and rule of law", Myanmar Times reported the deputy minister of home affairs saying.

As Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has been spearheading efforts to end decades of civil wars between the powerful government military and various ethnic armed groups through a series of peace talks known as the 21st-century Panglong Conference under the civilian-led government.

Myanmar military did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

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