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Malaysia Asks UN to Speed Up Resettlement of Burmese Refugees

14 June 2013

Malaysia is urging UN refugee agencies in the country to speed up the process of resettling Burmese nationals to other countries, Malaysian newspaper The Star reports. “Malaysia would like the UNHCR to seriously look into expediting the resettlement process of Myanmar UNHCR card holders to third countries,” Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said. His statement comes amid growing concerns in Malaysia over the tensions between Burmese nationals in the country. Last week, about 1,000 Burmese were apprehended following clashes in Malaysia between Burmese Buddhist and Muslims. The incidents were a spillover of recent sectarian unrest in Burma.