UN agency appeals for dialogue following violent clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine state

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Taung Paw camp in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. [Photo: UNOCHA/David Ohana]

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is reiterating its call for peaceful dialogue and confidence building in Myanmar's Rakhine state following recent violent clashes which left one man dead and 10 people injured.

The agency reports that the latest incident occurred last Friday following the discovery of a dead body in a creek near a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs).

Adrian Edwards, UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, says the cause of death and the handling of the body led to a dispute between displaced Muslims and the security forces.

"It's this we understood which led to violent confrontations between the police and IDPs. Four IDPs sustained gunshot wounds; one was hit on the head and wounded. The IDPs then burned a former guard base nearby. We understand that at least three individuals were subsequently arrested." (18 secs)

UNHCR teams and their partners are working to help establish reliable committees in IDP camps to mitigate any future tensions.

Approximately 140,000 people in Rakhine state are displaced due to inter-communal violence that broke out last year.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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