The United Nations security council urged the Myanmar government to “Ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state,” where violence has forced more than six hundred thousands Rohingya muslims to flee the Buddhist-majority Asian country.

The United Nations has denounced the violence during the past 10 weeks as a classic example of ethnic cleansing. The Myanmar government has denied allegations of ethnic cleansing.

To appease council veto powers Russia and China, Britain and France dropped a push for the security council to adopt a resolution on the situation and the 15-member body instead unanimously agreed on a formal statement.

The council expressed “Grave concern over reports of human rights violations and abuses in Rakhine state, including by the Myanmar security forces, in particular against persons belonging to the Rohingya community.”

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