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NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar

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Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoğlu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s wife Emine Erdoğan distribute aid packages to Muslims in camps in Myanmar. AA photo

Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoğlu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s wife Emine Erdoğan distribute aid packages to Muslims in camps in Myanmar. AA photo

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s wife Emine Erdoğan visited Rohingya Muslims staying at the Banduba camp on Aug. 10.

They brought the respect of the Turkish people to the people of Myanmar and to the Arakan region, Davutoğlu said, adding that the Turkish Red Crescent had come to help and will continue to contribute to the community, Anatolia news agency reported.

So far 3.4 million Turkish Liras have been collected in the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate’s (AFAD) aid campaign.

Muslims living in the camp struggle with the accommodations and aren’t receiving adequate nutrition, Erdoğan said Turkish Red Crescent officials told her. “There are intolerable images here,” she said.

Myanmar invites OIC probe of sectarian unrest

Later, Davutoğlu and Erdoğan headed to the Buddhist camp and distributed the rest of the humanitarian aid there. On Aug. 9 Davutoğlu met with Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw. On the issue of sectarian conflict in the country, Suu Kyi said she tries not to take sides, so neither of the groups will feel it is receiving unfair treatment.

Meanwhile, Myanmar has invited an influential Islamic body to visit a state rocked by sectarian violence, official media said on Aug. 10, in an effort to diffuse the mounting outcry over the treatment of the Muslim Rohingya, Agence France-Presse reported. In a rare conciliatory move, President Thein Sein said he welcomed a visit by the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the world’s largest Muslim multinational group. “The president said he hoped the OIC secretary could witness the reality [in Rakhine],” state mouthpiece the New Light of Myanmar said. OIC head Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu on Aug. 5 proposed sending a mission to probe the “massacres... oppression and ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya in Rakhine.

August/11/2012

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american american

8/12/2012 12:23:22 PM

this is good, no doubt about it. why didn't he hand out milk in darfur?

Attu Hus

8/11/2012 9:14:04 PM

Great humanitarianism gesture by Turkey.this effected people are in Need of immediate help. Peace

Ather Zaidi

8/11/2012 5:49:15 PM

Nice to know that somebody cares .....

cloud chaser

8/11/2012 2:48:08 PM

This is a good thing done by turkey - true humanitarian aid should never be scoffed at.

Red Tail

8/11/2012 1:40:29 PM

We have serious problems, very serious, with both Iran and Syria right now. And the usual problems wtih Iraq and Greece. And our FM is busy by personally handing out milk boxes at the other side of the planet?

Shah Hamdan

8/11/2012 11:28:48 AM

Well Done. A new publicity stunt for poor Muslims on other side of world. Today he will talk to Hillary how to kill Syrians? Double standards are visible on daily basis.

sid solo

8/11/2012 9:41:29 AM

aaaw...how lovely...."zero problem" foreign minister and Mrs. Erdogan doing a magazine photo shoot... Well, the AKP government urgently needed some "pink" news...
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