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Aung San Suu Kyi

Meanwhile, the United Nations appealed on Thursday for massive help for almost 400,000 Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh, with concern growing that the number could keep rising, unless Myanmar ends what critics denounce as "ethnic cleansing".

Patel said: "For the second time in a little under a year, the eyes of the world are once again fixed on Burma. That is my main concern", he said.

"These provocative acts may lead to unwarranted consequences".

Meanwhile, the European Parliament today demanded the Myanmar military immediately end violence against Rohingya Muslims, adding to global pressure over the crisis.

The spokesman, Zaw Htay, said Myanmar would check any information that Bangladesh provided. "We need to collaborate with good understanding", Zaw Htay told Reuters.

It is estimated that 60 per cent of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh are children, he added.

The government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting, the latest in the western state.

On Sept. 12, the United Nations refugee agency said the number of Rohingya refugees that have fled the recent escalation of violence against the minority group has spiked to about 370,000.

Earlier on Wednesday, UN Secretary General António Guterres said that the crisis involving the Rohingya Myanmar's Rakhine state had become "catastrophic". Fleeing Rohingya say security forces shot indiscriminately, burned their homes and threatened them with death. The government considers the insurgents a terrorist group. Guterres has also said Myanmar should grant the Rohingya either citizen rights or legal status so they can live normal lives. That number has now tripled to almost 380,000, ' said Antonio Guterres.

The violence has spurred an exodus among Rohingyas living in Myanmar, a community of about one million people.

Myanmar's president, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has come under worldwide criticism for her failure to condemn the attacks, was due to attend the United Nations general assembly next week.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is to address a rally in support of the Rohingya in Toronto on Saturday in which she is expected to call on Suu Kyi to speak out against the violence. "I think nobody wants to see a return to military rule in Burma, nobody wants to see a return of the generals", he said.

When VOA asked whether he meant that the Rohingya had more resources than his government, he said, "You can make your own judgment".

Rights group Amnesty International said on Friday evidence pointed to a "mass-scale scorched-earth campaign" across the north of Rakhine that was unmistakably ethnic cleansing.

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