Updated: 11/06/2012 00:55

Myanmar's ethnic violence



Myanmar's ethnic violence

The World Bank has approved an eighty million US dollar grant for Myanmar to support its reform drive, resuming assistance to the nation after a quarter-century absence. 

At the weekend, the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called for an end to communal killings in Myanmar following talks with President Thein Sein, while pledging some five million US dollars in humanitarian aid to the country. 

He also met with democracy icon Aung Sang Suu Kyi. 

Ms Suu Kyi has declined to speak out on behalf of Rohingya Muslims and insisted she will not use "moral leadership" to back either side in deadly communal unrest in west Myanmar. 

More than 100 thousand people have been displaced since June in two major outbreaks of violence in western Rakhine state in clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims which began last month. 

938LIVE's Shima Roy began by asking Professor Robert Taylor an Associate Senior Fellow at the Institute of South East Asian Studies about his views on Mr Barroso's comments over the weekend.

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