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Islamic Bloc: Burma Office Plans in Limbo

18 October 2012

The head of the world’s biggest Islamic political bloc said Burma seeks to delay the group’s plans to open an office there amid tensions between Muslims and majority Buddhists, but there is no word on whether the move is fully blocked. Plans by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to open an aid office in Rangoon have brought a backlash in Burma. The secretary-general of the 57-nation OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, said the group received an “indirect request” from Burma’s Border Ministry to postpone opening an office, but told reporters on Wednesday that there has been no official order.—AP