Myanmar interfaith organisation urges settlement of conflicts

YANGON, July 7 (Xinhua) – The Interfaith Organization of Myanmar has urged all parties to take effective measures to settle the recent communal conflicts in Mandalay, the second largest city of the country.

In a statement available here on Monday, the organization called for taking effective action against offenders without bias, keeping away from spreading rumors in the media, using responsible journalism, regarding all those living in Myanmar as brothers and sisters irrespective of religious differences.

The statement thanked Buddhist monks and leaders of other religions who have helped maintain stability and stop riot.

The statement urged the authorities to take strict and immediate action against the ring leaders and those who committed crimes during the riot and to provide enough security to the public.

According to the authorities, a total of 346 people were arrested and charged for violation of curfew order. Of them, 145 people have been released, but the remaining are still held.

The authorities also disclosed that in connection with the riot, 16 people had been charged with 15 separate counts of illegal possession of weapons and other criminal acts.

All seven townships in Mandalay have been placed under curfew since July 3 following communal clashes on July 1 over an alleged rape case, in which two people died and 17 others injured.

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