US of­fi­cial not al­lowed to visit Rakhine

The Asian Age - - World -

Yan­gon, Sept. 16: Myan­mar said on Fri­day that a vis­it­ing US of­fi­cial would not be al­lowed to go to a re­gion where vi­o­lence has trig­gered an ex­o­dus of nearly 400,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims that the United Na­tions has branded a “text­book ex­am­ple of eth­nic cleans­ing”.

US deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state Pa­trick Mur­phy will voice Wash­ing­ton’s con­cerns about the Ro­hingya and press for greater ac­cess to the con­flict area for hu­man­i­tar­ian work­ers, the State Depart­ment said.

Myan­mar of­fi­cials said he would meet gov­ern­ment lead­ers in the cap­i­tal, Naypy­itaw, and at­tend an ad­dress to the nation by Suu Kyi on Tues­day.

He would also visit Sit­twe, the state cap­i­tal, and meet the gov­er­nor of Rakhine, the state gov­ern­ment sec­re­tary, Tin Maung Swe, told Reuters, but the north of the state, where the con­flict erupted on Aug. 25 would be off lim­its.

Pa­trick Mur­phy

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