Myanmar to probe cause of unrest

2012-08-17 22:16
President Thein Sein (File, AFP)

President Thein Sein (File, AFP)

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Yangon - Myanmar's government has formed a commission to investigate the causes of recent sectarian violence in which at least 83 people were killed.

President Thein Sein's website announced the commission on Friday, more than two months after the June clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas that displaced tens of thousands of people.

Thein Sein has rejected calls from the UN and human rights groups for independent investigators, saying the unrest was an internal affair.

The 27-member commission will be headed by a retired Religious Affairs ministry official and include former student activists, a former UN officer and representatives from political parties and Islamic and other religious organisations.

It will also propose solutions to the longstanding hatred between the communities and submit its findings by 17 September.

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