Obama warns against repression of Muslims in Myanmar
Published on Apr 27, 2014 5:36 PM
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - US President Barack Obama warned on Sunday that ethnic and religious conflicts could move Myanmar in a "very bad direction."
Mr Obama praised the "courageous process" of political reform taking place in a country formerly led by a military junta, but warned that democratisation after years of repression brought its own perils.
"Myanmar won't succeed if the Muslim population is oppressed," Mr Obama said at a "town hall" meeting during a visit to Muslim-majority Malaysia.
Mr Obama was referring to Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine state which has been subject to persecution at the hands of Buddhist nationalists.
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