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Asean mulls assistance for Myanmar Rohingya

Published on Aug 8, 2012 3:59 PM
 
Indonesian Muslims hold placards displaying the words "Stop Killing Rohingya" and "Save Rohingya" attend a rally outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta on Aug 6, 2012. South-east Asian nations are considering humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees facing persecution in Myanmar, the region's bloc said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - South-east Asian nations are considering humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees facing persecution in Myanmar, the region's bloc said on Wednesday.

Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) secretary general Surin Pitsuwan said the bloc should be "part of solution to the problem" that escalated in June with a bloody clash that displaced around 60,000 people, mostly Muslim-minority Rohingya.

"I have made a proposal (to our member countries) that Asean should once again offer humanitarian assistance, like we did during the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis four-and-a-half years ago," Mr Surin told reporters, referring to a storm which left 138,000 people dead or missing in Myanmar in May 2008.

He did not give any details or name the country where aid could be delivered.

 
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