>> Myanmar's top spokesman has rejected this week's UN report on the Rohingya crisis. In a state media interview published Tuesday, he said the international community was making false allegations after the UN report accused Myanmar's military of genocidal intents in killing and raping Rohingya Muslims. His denial is in line with past rejections by the government.
Myanmar claims the government responded to a legitimate threat from Rohingya insurgents. The report this week, says six top military officials should be prosecuted for war crimes and it's sparked rising calls for accountability.>> The whole world is watching what we will do next and if we will act.
>> Also on Tuesday, American envoy Nikki Haley backed the UN report saying those findings were consistent with a separate US investigation. The State Department surveyed more than 1,000 randomly selected Rohingya Muslims. One-fifth of them witnessed more than a 100 victims being killed or injured. Over 80% saw killing and half witnessed sexual violence.
Haley says, the US report also pointed to the Burmese military as the perpetrator of killings and rape, but she stopped short of using the term genocide.>> Here in the Security Council, we must hold those responsible for violence to account.>> A similar message from the US State Department when spokeswoman Heather Nauert was asked if she agreed with the UN report's charge of genocidal intent.
Nauert pointed out the legal intricacies of labeling something as genocide.>> To the average person, of course, these things are incredibly horrific and it seems like we should just slap a label on something. There are complex legal designations that have legal meaning and weight in courts around the world.
>> There are also calls within the UN to refer the crimes to the International Criminal Court.