Obama Visits Myanmar

- 2012-11-19T13:10:01Z

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Extending a Hand

Thein Sein's government yesterday vowed to find a solution to end violence between Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya that has killed about 180 people this year and displaced more than 100,000. Many of Myanmar's 64 million people view the country's 800,000 Rohingya, who are denied citizenship, as illegal migrants from what is now Bangladesh.

"There is no excuse for violence against innocents," Obama said at Yangon University. "The Rohingya hold within themselves the same dignity as you do, and I do."

Left, U.S. President Barack Obama extends his hand to shake with Myanmar's President, Thein Sein during a meeting at the regional parliament building in Yangon.