NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told Myanmar that the world is very concerned about the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who have been living for more than four years in camps in northern Rakhine state after fleeing violence from the Buddhist majority.
"They deserve hope," Ban said at a joint news conference Tuesday with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Ban is in Myanmar to attend peace talks aimed at ending half a century of conflict between the government and the country's many armed ethnic minority groups. The talks begin Wednesday in Naypyitaw, the capital. About 2,000 delegates and guests are expected to attend the opening ceremony.