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The Latest: Suu Kyi Says Solving Rohingya Issue Takes Time

The Latest: Suu Kyi Says Solving Rohingya Issue Takes Time

Thursday, 07 September 2017 05:36 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi told reporters her government was working to improve life for Rohingya Muslims, but that "it's a little unreasonable to expect us to resolve everything in 18 months" since her administration took office.

"We're trying to progress as quickly as possible on the development front, because one of the biggest problems is the matter of very limited resources," she said Thursday.

She said her government was looking to implement certain recommendations made last month by a commission led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The commission urged quick and decisive measures toward economic development and social justice measures to counter deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state.

1:50 p.m.

New fires are burning in a Myanmar village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and where schoolbooks with text from the Quran were seen ripped and left on the ground. That intensifies doubts about government claims that members of the persecuted minority have been destroying their own homes.

Journalists on a government-controlled trip saw the fires Thursday in Gawdu Zara village in northern Rakhine state, from which some 146,000 Rohingya have fled since ethnic violence erupted about two weeks ago.

An ethnic Rakhine villager who emerged from the smoke said police and Rakhine Buddhists had set the fires. The villager ran off before he could be asked anything else.

No police were seen at the village beyond those who were accompanying the journalists. But about 10 Rakhine men with machetes were seen there.

Reporters saw no Rohingya in that village or others that they were allowed to see Thursday.

This item has been corrected to show that schoolbooks with text from the Quran, not Qurans, were seen ripped.

12:30 p.m.

Pakistan is urging the world to put pressure on Myanmar, where renewed violence has forced out tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says the Rohingyas' plight is "a challenge to the conscience" of the world and that Pakistan was committed to providing humanitarian aid to them.

The ministry issued a statement containing his opening remarks at a conference of Pakistani diplomats on Thursday.

Political parties and clerics have organized rallies across Pakistan to express their solidarity with Rohingyas and to condemn Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the reported massacres of Rohingyas. Her government has counted 400 deaths and says most were terrorists.

The violence began with insurgent attacks on police Aug. 25 and government forces retaliated with what they called "clearance operations." Some 146,000 Rohingya have fled since then.

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The Latest on violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh (all times local):4:15 p.m.Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi told reporters her government was working to improve life for Rohingya Muslims, but that "it's a little...
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