Suu Kyi says Rohingya mass grave investigation "positive"

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The Japanese government decided earlier Friday to give 330 million yen (95 million baht) in emergency grant aid to Myanmar to assist with rebuilding living conditions for "displaced persons returning to Myanmar from Bangladesh" in accordance with that agreement. Myanmar does not consider the Rohingyas to be citizens, treating them mostly as Bangladeshi immigrants and imposing many restrictions on them, including on their freedom of movement within the country. The exact numbers and extent of the repatriation is still unclear.

"We have chose to provide the aid in response to the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to represent an worldwide message of support so that the repatriation can be carried out promptly", said Foreign Ministry official Shinobu Yamaguchi in a statement.

Kono visited a village in Maungdaw region in Rakhine that used to be home to around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims.

"The government of Myanmar should fully cooperate with Human Rights Council's independent global fact-finding mission and other independent observers, including journalists and to provide for their full, safe and unhindered access to all conflict areas without delay".

The military launched "clearance operations" against ethnic Rohingya in August, prompting more than 650,000 to flee into neighboring Bangladesh in what the United Nations has called "ethnic cleansing".

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Ms Suu Kyi is Burma's foreign minister as well as the government's de facto leader.

Suu Kyi was speaking following a meeting in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw at which Kono asked her to ensure the "safe and voluntary" resettlement of those who have fled, according to Japanese news agency Kyodo.

"The money will be paid in a timely manner based on the progress of repatriation", Yamaguchi added.

In a district on the border with Bangladesh, Kono viewed the planned return route for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including a small bridge close to the border under tight security control.

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