Baird Concerned About Renewed Violence in Rakhine State

October 26, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement regarding reports of clashes in Rakhine state in western Burma:

“I am deeply concerned by the latest outbreak of inter-communal violence in Rakhine state. We urge all parties to bring an immediate end to the violence. We also call on the authorities to protect the human rights and safety of all residents.

“The people of Rakhine state urgently need a sustainable long-term solution that respects the human rights of all, including religious minorities.

“Canada has welcomed the Burmese government’s commitment to resolving conflicts with ethnic groups in Burma, and we encourage further efforts to promote peace and reconciliation throughout the country. Canadian officials will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

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