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3. Ministerial meeting on Rohingya Muslims

Several Western and Muslim-majority countries have called on Myanmar's civilian government to lead efforts to end military violence against Rohingya Muslims.

A ministerial-level meeting discussing the issue was hosted on Monday by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

Foreign ministers from 8 countries, including Canada, Australia, Bangladesh and Indonesia, took part in the closed-door talks with US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Myanmar's national security adviser.

Fighting between Myanmar's security forces and Rohingya militants in the western state of Rakhine has forced more than 400,000 Rohingya people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

Britain's UN mission said Johnson told the meeting that Myanmar's civilian government must lead efforts to stop the military violence.

The participants reportedly urged Myanmar authorities to receive humanitarian assistance offered to Rohingya Muslims without conditions.

Reuters news agency reported that the Myanmar side said after the meeting that those who fled could return to their homes but the process has to be discussed.