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More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25 when Rohingya insurgent attacks on security forces prompted a military crackdown and reprisals by majority Buddhists.

A group of countries, led by the United Kingdom, met with representatives of the Myanmar government in NY, calling on them to stop the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority and allow aid to be provided.

But Myanmar, which has been accused of downplaying the violence, insisted the crisis was easing.

The stateless Rohingya minority has always been denied basic rights in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which views them as immigrants from Bangladesh.

Kono, in NY for U.N. General Assembly meetings at which governments have criticized Myanmar's conduct, said he has expressed his appreciation to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood for Bangladesh's acceptance of refugees. Bangladesh is their neighbour as well so why doesn't she go and talk to them in detail?

Still, we have provided humanitarian aid to Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

Hundreds of protesters attempted to prevent humanitarian workers from loading 50 tons (metric) of aid onto a boat in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state, Wednesday evening.

Anifah said Malaysia had also called on Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for the immediate implementation of all the recommendations of the nine-member advisory commission on Rakhine state, which was chaired by the former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan.

The Myanmar government does not use the term "Rohingya" and does not recognise the people as an official ethnicity, which means they are denied citizenship and effectively rendered stateless.

"We will carry on, nothing has been put on hold", Graziella Leite Piccoli, ICRC spokeswoman for Asia, told AFP.

On reports that Rohingya villages have been burned down by security forces, Suu Kyi said: "There are allegations and counter-allegations and we have to listen to all of them".

The incident occurred on the outskirts of Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar district, where tens of thousands of Rohingya have set up makeshift shelters since fleeing violence across the border in Myanmar. Those who died were workers helping to distribute supplies, reports said. "We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence", State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement.

The announcement was made on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY, where the crisis is among the pressing issues facing world leaders.

"Myanmar is forcibly driving out the Rohingya Muslims through a planned and organised process".

He said not just Muslims but other minority groups had fled, and security forces had been told to "take full measures to avoid collateral damage and the harming of innocent civilians".