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OIC tours unrest-hit western Myanmar: Official

Published on Sep 11, 2012 1:04 PM

YANGON (AFP) - Members of an influential Islamic body have visited Myanmar's Rakhine state, a government official said on Tuesday, to survey fallout from deadly sectarian unrest between Buddhist and Muslim communities.

A delegation from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) led by the group's representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, arrived in the western region on Sunday, an official in the state capital Sittwe said.

"They met the union border affairs minister and Rakhine chief minister here and also visited some refugee camps and made donations," he said, adding that the group concluded their visit on Monday.

Fighting in Rakhine state has left almost 90 people dead, both Buddhists and Muslims, since it erupted in June according to an official estimate, although rights groups fear the real toll is much higher.

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