The sectarian violence in the western part of Myanmar in Rakhine state in 2012 escalated between Muslims and Buddhists in the central part of the country in 2013.
The violence has resulted in the loss of more than 200 lives and 140,000 people are now homeless. Despite the country's democratic reforms, the simmering tensions between the two communities remain a concern to the international community.
The latest international concern was visible when Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States who made a surprise visit to Myanmar, gave a speech at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon on Nov 14, 2013.
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