Suu Kyi asks refugees to seek ethnic unity

OSLO - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has paid a jubilant visit to the Norwegian city of Bergen, where she urged refugees from her ethnically divided homeland to build harmony and support cease-fires.

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Published: Mon 18 Jun 2012, 7:48 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:44 AM

Suu Kyi flew on Sunday to Bergen on Norway’s fjord-studded west coast a day after delivering her Oslo acceptance speech for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

In Bergen she met leaders of another Norwegian group that offered her early support, the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, which awarded her its highest prize in 1990.

She spoke in Burmese to more than 100 Myanmar refugees living in Bergen, many of them members of minority groups hostile to the country’s military-backed government.

She urged them to say nothing to undermine cease-fires in place between government and ethnic militia forces.

Meanwhile, Bangladeshi officials say they have intercepted an additional 128 Rohingya refugees fleeing sectarian violence in western Myanmar, and that they will be detained and sent back . — AP

Border Guard Bangladesh agency Commander Lt. Col. Zahid Hasan says the refugees — mostly women and children — arrived at an island in the Bay of Bengal by five boats from Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state on Monday.

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