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UN Calls for Independent Arakan Strife Probe

27 July 2012

A top UN official has called for the Burmese government to conduct an “independent and transparent” investigation into the tragic events in western Burma and “address the underlying causes” of the violence including conditions for the Muslim community in Arakan State. “While the response by the government thus far has been prompt and calibrated and while the president has stressed the need to handle the matter with sensitivity, I have, during the past days, called on the authorities, publicly and privately, to make an independent and transparent investigation of these tragic events,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Burma Vijay Nambiar on Thursday.

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