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The United Nations' top human rights official on Monday slammed Myanmar for conducting a "cruel military operation" against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, branding it "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".Myanmar says its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against ARSA, which the government has declared a terrorist organization.Myanmar Sunday rebuffed a cease-fire declared by ARSA to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced and hungry people in the north of Rakhine state, declaring that it did not negotiate with terrorists.The government of Myanmar, a majority Buddhist country where the roughly 1 million Muslim Rohingya are marginalized, has repeatedly rejected charges of "ethnic cleansing".Western critics have accused Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of failing to speak out for the Rohingya, who are despised by many in the country as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.Thousands of Rohingya refugees are still stranded on the Myanmar side of the River Naf, which separates the two countries, with the biggest gathering south of the town of Maungdaw, monitors and sources in the area told Reuters.
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