U.S. says Myanmar should draft new plan to give Rohingya citizenship

November 13, 2014 7:34 AM

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NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday urged Myanmar to draft a new plan to allow the ethnic Rohingya minority to become citizens and to scrap a proposed plan to send them to detention camps if they refuse to identify themselves as Bengalis.

Most of Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims are stateless and live in apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine state on the west coast of the predominantly Buddhist country. Almost 140,000 are displaced after deadly clashes with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in 2012.

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