Burma: Troubled Rakhine state invites aid groups to return
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Burma: Troubled Rakhine state invites aid groups to return

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Authorities in Burma’s Rakhine state say international aid organizations are welcome to return to the area they left in April after Buddhist mobs disrupted their work helping displaced Rohingya Muslims.

A state government announcement in Thursday’s New Light of Burma newspaper said the move followed a meeting in June between officials and aid agencies to discuss a peace plan.

The announcement specifically invited Médecins Sans Frontières, which had been kicked out in February after it publicized alleged attacks on Rohingyas.

(BACKGROUND: Burma expels Médecins Sans Frontières, further isolates Rohingya)

No details were provided of how the groups’ security could be assured.

A human rights envoy from the U.N., which has criticized the government, has been visiting Burma on a fact-finding mission.

(MORE: Full extent of anti-NGO attacks in western Burma emerging)