Saturday, June 16, 2012

UN envoy visits unrest-hit western Myanmar

Straits Times

SITTWE, Myanmar (AFP) - A top United Nations (UN) envoy arrived in strife-torn western Myanmar on Wednesday as security forces grappled with sectarian violence that has left dozens dead and hundreds of homes burned down.

A state of emergency has been declared in Rakhine state, which has been rocked by a wave of rioting and arson, posing a major test for the reformist government which took power last year. A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in many areas.

Mr Vijay Nambiar, UN chief Ban Ki Moon's special adviser on Myanmar, flew into the capital of Rakhine to visit Maungdaw, a town near the border with Bangladesh where the violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya flared on Friday.

He was accompanied by Myanmar's Border Affairs Minister General Thein Htay and 15 Muslim religious leaders from Yangon.
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