U.S. urges Myanmar security forces to protect civilians, aid workers

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks during a meeting by the United Nations Security Council on North Korea at the U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday urged security forces in Myanmar to adhere to international law and avoid attacking innocent civilians as they try to prevent further violence by Rohingya militants in the country’s Rakhine state.

Haley condemned the recent attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army but added “as Burmese security forces act to prevent further violence, they have a responsibility to adhere to international humanitarian law, which includes refraining from attacking innocent civilians and humanitarian workers.”

She urged security forces to ensure aid reaches those in need and to ensure the rights of all communities.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Tim Ahmann