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Fmr UN chief visits Rakhine State amid Rohingya crisis

Reporter: Dave Grunebaum 丨 CCTV.com

12-02-2016 19:23 BJT

Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan is in Myanmar's restive Rakhine State. His visit comes almost two months after a security crackdown led to accusations the country's military committed a range of human rights violations.

Kofi Annan arrived here in Sittwe the State Capital this morning under heavy security.

Annan is the chair of an advisory commission created by state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to look into ways for reconciliation between the majority ethnic Rakhines and the Rohingya, a Muslim minority.

Annan’s motorcade was greeted by more than 100 demonstrators who were mostly if not entirely ethnic Rahkhine.

They say they don’t want any foreigners such as Kofi Annan involved in their affairs.

Back on October 9th nine guards were killed near the border with Bangladesh allegedly by armed Rohingya militants.

Since then there has been a security crackdown in that area.

There are accusations that the military has burned down homes, raped women and committed extra-judicial killing.

The government has denied these accusations.

Today Annan meets with local officials along with ethnic Rakhine and Rohingya community groups.

On Saturday, Annan will travel by helicopter to northern Rakhine where the security crackdown is underway.

However, his commission has said they are not in a position to determine if the alleged human rights violations were actually committed.

Their purpose is to try to find a way for these communities to reconcile.

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