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Thursday Sep 14 2017
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REUTERS

UN Security Council condemns excessive violence in Myanmar

By
REUTERS
Ambassadors to the UN vote during a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York City, US, September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/Files
 

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council expressed deep concern on Wednesday about violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to Bangladesh.

In a statement, the 15-member council “expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, [and] ensure the protection of civilians”.

British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was the first time in nine years the council had agreed on a statement on Myanmar.

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