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Burma Told Communal Violence Threatens Reforms

27 September 2013

A group of Western and Asian governments has lauded Burma’s progress toward democracy but warned that outbreaks of communal violence could undermine the reforms. Foreign ministers meeting on Thursday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly said in a statement that Burma urgently needs to address the political and economic grievances of the Rohingyas, including the question of their citizenship. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there’s much to be done to ensure accountability for the perpetrators of violence against the group. It was the first time the former pariah nation was invited to the “Group of Friends on Myanmar” meeting.—Reuters