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Tehran urges to end violence against Muslims in Myanmar

06 September 2017 [17:00] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews


By Ali Mustafayev

Following Ankara, Tehran has called to end massacre of Muslim population in Myanmar’s Arakan state.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called upon the international community to "seriously" pursue the issue of a growing refugee crisis in on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Zarif made the call in separate phone conversation with his Turkish, Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts Mevlut Cavusoglu, Anifah Aman and Retno Marsudi, respectively.

The Iranian top diplomat expressed his country’s deep concern about the sad situation of Rohingya Muslims, saying that Iran was prepared to help adoption of collective strategies by international organizations and Muslim countries in order to solve the ongoing crisis plaguing Myanmar’s Muslim community.

Myanmar’s military intensified attacks on Rohingya Muslims on August 25, after dozens of police and border outposts in the western state of Rakhine came under attack by an armed group, which is said to be defending the rights of the Rohingya.

Human Rights Watch says satellite imagery shows 700 buildings were burned in the Rohingya Muslim village of Chein Khar Li, just one of 17 locations in Rakhine state where the rights group has documented burning of homes and property.

Turkish Foreign Minister previously called Bangladesh to open its doors for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Cavusoglu said they told Bangladesh to open its doors for Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar and Turkey would pay the expenses.

"We also mobilized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. We will hold a summit regarding Arakan [Rakhine state] this year. We need to find a decisive solution to this problem," Cavusoglu added.

The UN is expected to hold a meeting on the issue on 19 September.

The region has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Muslim populations since communal violence broke out in 2012.

A security crackdown launched last October in Maungdaw, where Rohingya make up the majority, led to a UN report on human rights violations by security forces that indicated crimes against humanity.

The UN documented mass gang-rape, killings -- including infants and young children -- brutal beatings, and disappearances.

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