Myanmar wants country off UN human rights agenda

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Posted: Sep 29, 2014 2:57 PM
Myanmar wants country off UN human rights agenda

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar's foreign minister says his country is working to end violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state and urged the world against "jumping to conclusions" about a situation that has drawn global condemnation.

Wunna Maung Lwin also insisted Myanmar has addressed "all major concerns related to human rights" since it emerged from a half-century of dictatorship with a 2010 election. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, he said Myanmar should be removed from the U.N. Human Rights Council's agenda.

Buddhist mob attacks against Rohingya and other Muslims have sparked fears that religious intolerance is undermining Myanmar's democratic reforms.

The foreign minister says his government is working on an "action plan" to bring peace to Rakhine, where the violence has been especially severe.