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US says Myanmar's response to Rohingya militant attacks in August was 'disproportionate'

Bangkok: The top US diplomat for south east Asia says America remains deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state and allegations of human rights abuses in Myanmar.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

US deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy said Friday that the response from Myanmar's security forces to attacks by Muslim Rohingya militants in late August was "disproportionate." He called on security forces to end the violence, protect civilians and work with the civilian government to implement the recommendations of a committee headed by former United Nations Secretary, General Kofi Annan.

He said the US has warned Myanmar about potential repercussions if it doesn't address the crisis, including threats to the stability of its borders, the risk of attracting international terrorists, scaring off investment, and ultimately stunting its transition to democracy.


Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 16:43 PM

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