US urges immediate action to halt Myanmar violence

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is calling on Myanmar authorities to take immediate action to halt communal violence that has killed dozens of people this week.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. is deeply concerned about the violence in Rakhine state and is urging authorities to grant full humanitarian access.

The local government reports that at least 56 people have been killed and nearly 2,000 homes destroyed in violence between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities that re-erupted Sunday. It follows deadly clashes that displaced tens of thousands of people in June.

The U.S. last week held what it viewed as a successful human rights dialogue with Myanmar.

Nuland says U.S. officials have visited Rakhine state five times since June and are in constant conversation with Myanmar authorities.