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Tension builds between Suu Kyi and military over Myanmar refugee probe

General leads fight against including foreigner in Rohingya investigation

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh since a military crackdown began in August 2017.   © Reuters

YANGON -- Myanmar's plan to have a foreigner participate in a probe into the refugee crisis inflicted on the minority Rohingya population has pitted Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation's de facto leader, against the country's military chief.

Myanmar will create an independent commission to investigate the "violation of human rights and related issues" in Rakhine State, Suu Kyi's government said on May 31. The United Nations estimates that 700,000 Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group, have fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine since August 2017 as a result of the military's response to terror attacks conducted that month.

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