Burma in talks with Bangladesh on return of 500,000 Rohingya Muslims

Burma's embattled leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has called for national unity and created a committee that will coordinate all international and local assistance in violence-hit Rakhine state.

More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from the state to neighbouring Bangladesh since August 25, when security forces responded to attacks by a militant Rohingya group with a broad crackdown on the long-persecuted Muslim minority.

The UN has called the violence "textbook ethnic cleansing".

Ms Suu Kyi said in a speech today that her government is holding talks with Bangladesh on the return of the refugees.

She gave no details, but officials have suggested they would need to provide residency documents.

She said the new committee would coordinate all efforts to create a "peaceful and developed Rakhine state".

AP


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