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UN chief criticizes Myanmar army chief for Rohingya comments

The Myanmar’s army chief has been criticized by the UN Secretary-General after declaring Muslim Rohingya had nothing in common with the country’s other ethnic groups. Pictured are Rohingya Muslim refugees collect water at Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Ukhia district (Photo by: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday (26) criticized Myanmar’s army chief after he declared that the Muslim Rohingya had nothing in common with the country’s other ethnic groups. Guterres said he was “shocked” at reports of General U Min Aung Hlaing’s remarks at a military gathering and urged Myanmar’s leaders to “take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote cultural harmony.” At the gathering in northern Kachin state on Monday, Hlaing referred to the Rohingya as “Bengalis,” a term meant to describe them as foreigners, and said they “do not have the characteristics or culture in common…

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