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US Calls on Burma to Stop Violence Against Muslims

21 April 2014

The Unites States’ UN Ambassador Samantha Power called on Burma’s government last week to take urgent steps to stop violence in Arakan State, where thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes, warning that continuing unrest could imperil the country’s democratic transition. Power’s written comments followed a closed-door briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday by Vijay Nambiar, the secretary-general’s special adviser on Burma, on developments over the past year. Power said Washington continues to support Burma’s reforms but was “greatly concerned that without effective government intervention, violence in Rakhine [Arakan] could worsen, lives will be lost, and the critically needed humanitarian presence will not be sustainable.” —AP