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Myanmar’s Government Holds Rare Meeting With Military on Rakhine Crisis

Myanmar’s civilian government held a meeting on “national security and international relations” with the country’s military Friday to review an investigation into the crisis in Rakhine state, where a crackdown on Rohingya insurgents displaced hundreds of thousands of members of the Muslim ethnic group. The meeting came after de facto leader Aung San Su Kyi’s government negotiated a deal to allow the United Nations, which has referred to the crackdown as a form of genocide, to enter Rakhine state to determine when the nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled to neighboring Bangladesh during the operation can return to the region. Rohingya refugees have alleged that Myanmar troops involved in the crackdown committed widespread rape and murder, which the government has denied. Officials in the capital Naypyidaw also say that Rakhine state is safe for the refugees to return, but had refused to grant outside groups access to the region for months.....................

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