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Turkish FM Davutoglu to visit Myanmar

November 13, 2013

The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will be visiting Myanmar to highlight the situation of the Rohingya Muslims, or as the UN calls them, the "most persecuted people in the world".

The plight of the Muslim minority in Myanmar will be the focus of a two-day visit by Turkish Foreign Minister AhmetDavutoglu to the Souh East Asian country beginning Thursday.

Davutoglu last visited the country with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spouse Emine Erdogan in August last year after violence broke out between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims. Scores were killed and tens of thousands more displaced. Described by the UN as being amongst the most persecuted people in the world, there were more than 125,000 internally displaced persons in the Rakhine (Arakan) state by the end of 2012 alone. Rakhine state is one of the most impoverished and densely populated areas of Myanmar, and the waves of violence in the region have worsened conditions substantially. 

Royingya Muslims face persecution as Burmese authorities consider them "undocumented immigrants" and do not recognize them as citizens or as an ethnic group. 

An update on the situation of the Rohingya Muslims will be carried out by a delegation from the Rohingya Contact Group organised by The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The delegation will include participants from Malaysia, Indonesia, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh as well as Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will represent Turkey.

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