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Myanmar denies blame for riots

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YANGON — Myanmar's government on Saturday rejected remarks by a UN human rights official suggesting that the authorities bear some blame for recent mob attacks by Buddhists on Muslims that killed dozens of people. 

The UN official, Tomas Ojea Quintana, urged Myanmar's government on Friday to investigate allegations that security forces watched as Buddhist mobs attacked Muslims. He also said the government needed to do more to protect the country's Muslims.

Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut said on his Facebook page on Saturday that he "strongly rejected" the comments by Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar.

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