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Asean Not a Forum for Rohingya Discussion: Burma Govt

17 January 2014

Issues related to western Burma’s Rohingya Muslims will not be up for discussion when the country chairs the Association of Southeast Asian nations this year, Deutsch Press Agentur reports, quoting a government spokesman. “The Bengali issue is our internal affair and we will not discuss it in the Asean meetings, even if member countries ask for it,” Ye Htut, a spokesman for Burma’s President Thein Sein, was quoted as saying on Thursday, as Burma convened its first summit as Asean chair in Bagan. “Bengali” is the term used by the government in reference to the persecuted Muslim minority group, which resides mostly in Arakan State.