Ban urges Myanmar to ensure safety of workers

2014-03-31 22:02
Ban Ki-moon (File, AFP)

Ban Ki-moon (File, AFP)

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New York - Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging Myanmar's government to ensure the safety of U.N. and international aid workers following attacks in troubled Rakhine state.

Ban's spokesperson said on Monday that the UN chief spoke to President Thein Sein on Sunday after Buddhist mobs attacked offices and homes of aid workers, forcing them to relocate.

Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine have been the targets of Buddhist mob attack in the last two years.

The spokesperson said Ban stressed that impunity cannot be tolerated in the context of Myanmar's reform process.

Myanmar began a census on Sunday that has been criticised for stoking religious and ethnic tensions, after the government denied members the Muslim minority the right to identify themselves as "Rohingya".

The secretary general underlined that the census must be peaceful and credible.

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