Britain calls for calm in Myanmar

LONDON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- All parties to the conflict in the Myanmar's Rakhine state need to make sure humanitarian supplies reach those in need, the British government said.

The official New Light of Myanmar news agency reports that violence in Rakhine was "put under control" by Myanmar police and military forces. "In addition, more security forces have been deployed to the conflict areas with increased security measures," the report states.


As least 1,000 people have been arrested since June 8 for what the government said were "violent acts of communal strife."

Human Rights Watch said fighting has led to the destruction of the coastal village of Kyaukpyu populated by Muslims in Rakhine.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said his government deplored the latest outbreak of violence, which London estimates displaced tens of thousands of people in the country known also as Burma.

"The U.K. calls again on all parties to cease the violence and for the Burmese authorities to take all necessary measures to guarantee security in the region," he said in a statement. "We also call for supplies of humanitarian support to be able to reach all those who need it without delay."


Violence erupted along Myanmar's coastal area in June after the alleged rape and killing of a Buddhist woman. Buddhists retaliated by attacking Muslims. The United Nations estimates at least 78 people were killed during the clashes.

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