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Suu Kyi calls for troop surge to end Myanmar unrest

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Aung San Suu KyiPhoto:AP
Aung San Suu KyiPhoto:AP

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged the government to send more troops to western Myanmar to restore peace to a region convulsed by communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

The Nobel laureate, who has been criticised for failing specifically to condemn the treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, called for an end to the unrest in Rakhine state that has left at least 180 people dead and 110,000 displaced since June.

"Everyone is responsible for respecting human rights, without discriminating between majority and minority, ethnicity and religion," she said in a statement released with lawmakers from ethnic minority parties on Wednesday.The democracy champion said more security forces must be sent to bring "peace, stability and the rule of law" to Rakhine, where renewed conflict last month involving ethnic Rakhine and Muslims, mainly the Rohingya, killed scores.AFP


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