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Cracks appear in ASEAN over Rohingya crisis

Malaysia protests Chairman's Statement, accusing group of downplaying problem

A Rohingya refugee carries her child in a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Sept. 24.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia has criticized the stance taken by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the Rohingya refugees crisis, saying the reality on the ground is being misrepresented. 

Malaysia's foreign minister, Anifah Aman, said late Sunday that the ASEAN chairman's statement released on the same day was one-sided and lacked substance. The Philippines government issued the chairman's statement to reflect the general views of ASEAN.

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