U.S. says Myanmar denial of ethnic cleansing is 'preposterous'

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Myanmar's government was preventing the United Nations Security Council and other groups from traveling to Rakhine state because they want to ensure "no one contradicts their preposterous denials" of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

"This council must hold the military accountable for their actions and pressure Aung San Suu Kyi to acknowledge these horrific acts that are taking place in her country," Haley told a meeting of the 15-member council on Myanmar


(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Susan Thomas)