Burma has ended the military operation after UN accused the government of 'possible ethnic cleansing
The security operation had been under way since nine policemen were killed in attacks on security posts near the Bangladesh border on October 9. Almost 69,000 Rohingyas have since fled from Burma to Bangladesh, according to UN estimates.
The violence has renewed international criticism that Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has done too little to help members of the Muslim minority.
The government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has denied almost 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.
There can be no excuse for excessive force or for abuses of fundamental human rights
Thaung Tun, national security advisor
"The situation in northern Rakhine has now stabilised. The clearance operations undertaken by the military have ceased, the curfew has been eased and there remains only a police presence to maintain the peace," newly appointed national security advisor Thaung Tun was quoted as saying in a statement released by State Counselor's Office late on Wednesday.
"There can be no excuse for excessive force, for abuses of fundamental human rights and basic criminality. We have shown that we are ready to act where there is clear evidence of abuses," he told a group of diplomats and UN representatives in a meeting, according to the statement.
The military operation in northern Rakhine has now stopped, according to officials
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi talks with ethnic girls as she attends the peace talk
Two senior officials from Burma's President Office and the Ministry of Information confirmed that the army operation in northern Rakhine had ended but said the military force remained in the region to maintain "peace and security".
Burmese military did not immediately respond to requests for comments.
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The military and police have separately set up a team to investigate alleged crimes after Suu Kyi promised to probe UN allegations of atrocities against the Muslim minority.
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More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims may have been killed in the crackdown, two senior UN officials dealing with refugees fleeing the violence said last week.
A Burmese presidential spokesman has said the latest reports from military commanders were that fewer than 100 people had been killed in the counterinsurgency operation.
Rohingya Muslims have faced discrimination in Buddhist-majority Burma for generations. They are regarded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, entitled only to limited rights and some 1.1 million of them live in apartheid-like conditions in northwestern Burma.
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