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    Carter, Elders Call for End to Burma Violence

    Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter speaks during news conference in Rangoon, Sept. 26, 2013.
    Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter speaks during news conference in Rangoon, Sept. 26, 2013.
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    Jimmy Carter and other former world leaders known as "The Elders" have called on Burma to end violence against the country's minority Muslim population.
     
    Before ending a three day visit to Burma in Rangoon Thursday, the former U.S. president said the problem cannot be ignored.
     
    “Myanmar [Burma] still has a long way to go," he said. "I mentioned one problem, obviously, with the treatment of the Muslim citizens in the northwest, near Bangladesh, as you know. The citizenship for them has to be addressed. I think we still have a long way to go in getting political dialogue to build on the ceasefires."
     
    Violence last year between Muslims and Buddhists left more than 200 dead and more than 100,000 homeless, mostly from the minority Rohingya community.
     
    Carter, former Finish President Martti Ahtisaari and former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Bruntland met this week with Burmese President Thein Sein, religious leaders and civil society groups.
     
    The former U.S. president said he is impressed with the pace of political reforms, saying the release of political prisoners is particularly encouraging.
     
    "My suggestion is to keep the progress going. Opening up opportunities for every citizen to feel they are equal to every other citizen in this country," he said.
     
    South African President Nelson Mandela formed The Elders in 2007 to promote peace and human rights.
     
    This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Burmese service.

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    by: lstmohican from: USA
    September 27, 2013 11:33 AM
    Jimmy Carter and the rest of “The Elders” must be living in a Utopia, totally ignoring the facts and the events taking place in the world. Their call for end of violence against the muslims who are not only committing the crimes but waging jihad against all non-muslims is nothing less than a surrender of human civilization against the barbaric hordes. Had the Elders had their way, they would have declared Hitler’s Nazi as a regime of peace.

    BUDDHISTS HAVE NEVER GONE TO ANY COUNTRY BY FORCE OR TAKEN OVER COUNTRIES – THE COUNTRIES WHERE BUDDHISTS PREVAIL ARE ONLY TRYING TO PRESERVE THEIR CULTURE AND IDENTITY.

    THUS WHILE MYANMAR'S BUDDHISTS FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHT TO SURVIVE AGAINST AN EVER ENCROACHING ISLAM, THE ELDERS DISTORT REALITY TO MAKE IT FIT THEIR MAKE BELIEVE WORLD, IN THIS CASE, THAT MUSLIMS ARE ALWAYS INNOCENT AND MISUNDERSTOOD VICTIMS.

    The Elders should read about the facts of the communal events in Myanmar from independent sources. Reference to the 1st of ten chapters is provided below.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/166320163/Big-Arakan-Report-I-VIOLENCE-ERUPTS-AGAIN-MAY-JUNE-OCTOBER-2012

    Recent and current world events are full of news about the jihad of muslims against the non -muslims and they are on course to convert the world to Islam at any and all costs as dictated by their Sharia doctrine. In addition to the killing fields in Syria and Iraq, where there is a fight to see which branch of Islam (Sunni or Shia) will prevail, the Elders are blind to the recent bombings in the Nairobi mall where at least 72 were killed; bombings of the Christian churches in Pakistan where 80 Church goers including women and children were killed; the attacks to Christians in Philippines; and attack on the Bodh Gaya, India, the holiest site to the Buddhists.
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    by: MandySwe from: USA
    October 03, 2013 3:05 AM
    Do you really think that your bigoted blah..blahh.count?

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