|Date: 10/06/2012 Time: 07:55:00 PM
Burma Sunday declared a state of emergency
in the west of Rakhine State following recent bloody developments which killed
around 14 people, Burmese official TV, monitored here, reported.
Burmese President Thein Sein signed the declaration of emergency following
armed confrontations between hundreds of Buddhist and Muslim villagers that
killed seven persons over the past two days, the TV added.
Violence in Rakhine State is a challenge to the new government which took
office last year in the way of decades of military rule.
"It is necessary that order and security for citizens be restored urgently
especially that violence is on the rise," the TV quoted a government statement
The majority of Rakhine State population are Buddhits.
Violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims, which erupted last Sunday,
killed 10 Muslims and four Buddhists.