Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging a halt to the deadly sectarian violence in western Myanmar (mee-an-MAWR').
At least seven people have died and hundreds of homes have been burned since Friday in clashes between Buddhists and a Muslim minority in Rakhine state, posing a major test to Myanmar's government as it shifts from decades of military rule.
Clinton expressed deep concern in a statement Monday, noting reports of violence continue despite the government's announcement of a state of emergency and curfews.
She called on authorities to work with Muslim, Buddhist and ethnic representatives to hold talks and ensure a transparent investigation into the violence. She said the situation underscored the need for serious efforts to achieve national reconciliation.