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Obama warns against repression of Muslims in Myanmar

Published on Apr 27, 2014 5:36 PM
 
US President Barack Obama addresses young student leaders at the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Town Hall during a visit to University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur on April 27, 2014. US President Barack Obama warned on Sunday, April 27, 2014, that ethnic and religious conflicts could move Myanmar in a "very bad direction." -- PHOTO: AFP

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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