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US Ambassador Meets Arakan Leaders

5 February 2013

US Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell met with five Arakan leaders in Rangoon on Tuesday to discuss the state’s ongoing humanitarian crisis, Narinjara News reports. “The US ambassador invited us because he wanted to know the present situation in Arakan State,“ said Hla Saw, secretary of the Rakhine Natonal Development Party, who was among the guests. “He also wants to see the reintegration of communities in Arakan State.” An embassy statement said the US would provide US $4.2 million in emergency aid for victims of the Arakan violence. Some 115,000 people were displaced and scores were killed in a series of clashes between Arakanese Buddhist communities and Muslim Rohingya groups last year.