Myanmar faces 'defining moment', must stop the violence

Roads are inundated due to heavy rain in Karachi

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"We need to support (Myanmar leader) Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership, but also be very clear and unequivocal to the military power sharing in that government that this is unacceptable".

Aung San Suu Kyi's attends a Myanmar parliament meeting on April 8, 2015.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said it is trying to defend the minority group from a long campaign of persecution and violence.

(CNN) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for an end to the "horrors" in Myanmar's Rakhine state Thursday, saying the violence represents a "defining moment" for the country's new civilian government.

"I yield to no one in my admiration of what she stood for and the way she fought for democracy", said Johnson, the foreign secretary, on Thursday at a joint press conference with U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

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"I think nobody wants to see a return to military rule in (Myanmar), nobody wants to see a return of the generals", he said, adding that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi should use her moral capital to highlight the plight of the Rohingya. "I think many people around the world share that admiration".

Guterres repeated his call for "an effective action plan" to address the root causes of the situation, which he said he been left to fester for decades and has now escalated beyond Myanmar's borders, destabilizing the region.

Johnson, for his part, was asked whether he regrets his recent praise of Suu Kyi in light of her tepid response to the attacks on Rohingya villages by security forces, which she has framed as anti-terrorism operations.

The Muslim Rohingyas have been fleeing from Myanmar (Burma) by the thousands.

The Rohingya are a minority ethnic group located in Myanmar's western Rakhine state and are considered to be a variation of the Sunni religion.

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