Ban Ki-moon

UN meeting on Myanmar spotlights Security Council divisions

The U.N. Security Council's first open meeting on Myanmar in eight years highlighted the body's deep divisions: China and Russia supported the Southeast Asian country's government while the U.S., Britain and France demanded an end to "ethnic cleansing" of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

With the number of Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh since Aug. 25 now topping 500,000, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the U.N.'s most powerful body on Thursday to take strong action. He also called on Myanmar's authorities to immediately halt military operations, allow "unfettered access" for humanitarian aid, and ensure that all those who fled can return home.