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>> Just when peace looked a possibility in Myanmar, a stinging message from the government, refusing a ceasefire declared by Rohingya Muslim insurgents for the sake of thousands of refugees fleeing violence. Myanmar simply declaring it does not negotiate with terrorists. Reuters' Southeast Asia Bureau Chief John Chalmers explains why they want to press pause.
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>> They said that if the violence in Northern Rakhine can be halted, then humanitarian aid can be delivered to thousands of people who've been displaced. There are many people who have been without food for weeks. And we believe that thousands are still trying to cross mountains, dense bushland and rice fields to reach Bangladesh.
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>> This is quickly turning into Asia's biggest refugee crisis. Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border in just the past two weeks. As Rakhine State becomes more dangerous by the day, the border crossing is reportedly booby-trapped with landmines. Hundreds have been killed and sources paint a picture of chaos for those that remain.
00:01:07
>> We haven't been allowed to go there ourselves, but we do have reliable reports that dozens of villages have been burned to the ground. The government, and the military say the Rahingya, who are regarded here as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, have themselves done the burning, to win international sympathy for their cause.
00:01:28
>> Myanmar's defacto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has long been criticized for failing to stop the violence. And now, with this ceasefire rejection, the Nobel Peace lariat is almost certain to face more international pressure.