Wednesday, 12 February 2014

German Pres. concerned over sectarian violence in Myanmar

11/02/2014 | 01:30 PM | World News

German President Joachim Gauck delivers a speech at Yangon University in Yangon on Tuesday.
Mr Gauck is in Myanmar for a three-day visit where he is scheduled to meet Myanmar President
Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (AFP photo)

-- Visiting German President Joachim Gauck on Tuesday raised concerns over clashes between Myanmar's majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities, especially the Rohingyas.

"I am concerned, as are so many others, when I hear of the ongoing violence between Buddhists and Muslims in your country," Gauck said in a speech at Yangon University.

"Just like other minorities, the Rohingyas belong to Myanmar," Gauck said.
"I welcome all efforts to grant them a solid legal status as well as the prospect of self-determination within your country," Gauck said.

There has been a surge in sectarian violence since 2012 when fighting broke out in Rakhine State, home to about 800,000 Rohingya Muslims who were made stateless by a law passed in 1982.

The 1982 Citizens Act excluded the Rohingyas from the country's list of 136 recognized minority groups. (end) anj.gta KUNA 111330 Feb 14NNNN

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