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US Praises Burma’s Response to Arakan Clashes

20 June 2012

The US embassy in Rangoon on Tuesday praised the Burmese government’s handling of recent communal unrest in Arakan State. “This is something we would not have seen in the past. The government is trying to help everybody who needs it whether that is Rakhine Buddhists or Muslims,” the embassy’s charge d’affaires, Michael Thurston, said in an interview with Reuters. On Tuesday, however, Amnesty International reported that Muslim Rohingyas still face arbitrary arrest, and the UN’s World Food Programme put the number of displaced people at 90,000—triple the official estimate.