EU diplomat encourages stabilizing troubled Myanmar state

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European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, center left, in green, visits the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Sunday, Nov.19, 2017. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine for neighboring Bangladesh since late August, when the military launched what it called “clearance operations” in response to insurgent attacks. (AP Photo)

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat said Monday that she is encouraging Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to implement the recommendations of an expert panel on ensuring stability in the country’s troubled Rakhine state.

Federica Mogherini said work still was needed on implementing the recommendations of the Rakhine Commission.

The commission, established last year at Suu Kyi’s behest, issued its report the day before deadly insurgent attacks on multiple police posts in Rakhine state on Aug. 25. A subsequent military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, causing widespread international condemnation of Myanmar.

Mogherini was among the foreign ministers from Europe and Asia meeting Monday in Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s capital.

She said the European Union believes stopping the violence in Rakhine is necessary, as well as a guarantee of full humanitarian access and safe repatriation of the refugees.

“We encourage both…

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