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ASEAN aims to express 'concern' on Rohingya crisis for first time

Indonesia and Malaysia push for rare comment on a member's internal affairs

Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Malaysia and Indonesia have been pushing ASEAN to take up the issue at their summit in Singapore.    © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is preparing to use unusually strong words against Myanmar, one of its member countries, regarding the protracted Rohingya refugee crisis.

The repatriation of over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar's Rakhine State across the border into Bangladesh has been delayed for a long time. The humanitarian situation is "a matter of concern," says the early-stage draft statement by the ASEAN Summit chairman, which was seen by the Nikkei Asian Review.

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