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Published on Thursday, 08 November 2012 19:25
A government-formed body probing violence in the western Rakhine state is going to seek four more months to complete its investigation, according to a member of the body.
The Investigation Commission for Rakhine Issue will, however, submit an interim report to the president by November 16.
“It’s only an interim report, not a final one. We need to collect data again as there was a fresh violence in the state,” said Than Than Nu, a member of the commission.
The commission will request President Thein Sein to extend the deadline for completing the investigation till March 31, 2013, she said.
The president formed the 27-member committee on August 17 following breakout of violence in Rakhine state, which witnessed a series of violent clashes between two groups in June.
The commission visited different conflict-hit areas from September 7 to 15 and later from October 10 to 12 and talked with different groups of people there.
Meanwhile, chairman of the commission, Dr. Myo Myint, and a member have been dismissed on November 1.
“I heard that they breached the rules and were dismissed,” Than Than Nu said.
Dr Myo Myint confirmed that the President’s Office had dismissed them.