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Diplomats investigate abuse reports in Myanmar

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]>> A crisis in Myanmar that's shaking confidence in leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Reports of white abuses among Rohingya Muslims under military locked down in Northern Rakhine State. Concerned diplomats from the U.S., Europe and China on Wednesday getting a first hand look, but as Reuters Antony Subkofski reports, the trip is under state supervision.
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>> Diplomats have sort of made a concerted effort and have negotiated this trip over many days and weeks actually. They have been pushing for access all along, but it's very difficult for the Myanmar government to coordinate this because the military is essentially not under the civilian control. It's difficult to say whether the diplomats will be allowed access, independent access and whether they will be able to investigate the reports of abuses.
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But they told us privately that we're taking whatever we can get and we'll see what can happen later.>> The military has poured troops into Rakhine. They blamed Rakhine militants for a series of attacks on border posts earlier this month, but residents and activists say the troops have been terrorizing locals with executions, rape and arson.
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Suu Kyi's government is denying any abuse has happened at all and Suu Kyi isn't really talking about it. Critics say her state trip to Japan this week is making things worse.>> What our resources have told us is that Suu Kyi is the only person who effectively calls the shots on the civilian side.
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So when she's not in the country or when she's airborne or when she's in a different timezone, it's just the military and the home affairs ministry and the police and the security forces are in full control of the situation. Meanwhile, relief agencies are pounding on the gates, demanding they be let back in to offer life saving humanitarian aid.