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Pressure mounts on Myanmar as ASEAN raises refugee crisis

Chair's statement includes 'concern' on South China Sea

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends the ASEAN-South Korea summit in Singapore on Nov. 14.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations called the refugee crisis in Myanmar "a matter of concern" on Wednesday, a rare departure from ASEAN's principle of noninterference in the internal affairs of members. It also reiterated concerns regarding disputes in the South China Sea.

"We discussed and received a briefing from Myanmar on the humanitarian situation in Rakhine State, which is a matter of concern," said the chairman's statement from the ASEAN summit held here Tuesday. The statement does not include the word "Rohingya," the name of the Muslim minority group fleeing alleged persecution in Myanmar.

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