31 Mar '13, 7am

Outspoken anti-Muslim monk U Wirathu pledges to promote peace in Myanmar

Outspoken anti-Muslim monk U Wirathu pledges to promote peace in Myanmar

Buddhist monk U Wirathu speaking to media representatives following a multi-confessional dialogue initiative at the Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon on March 30, 2013. The monk, known for his anti-Muslim remarks, has pledged to promote peace among religious communities, according to a source. -- PHOTO: AFP By Nirmal Ghosh, Indochina Bureau Chief BANGKOK - In an unexpected change of tone, Myanmar's notorious anti-Muslim monk, U Wirathu, has pledged to promote peace among religious communities. He signed on a statement by a range of civic and religious groups on Saturday. According to a source close to the situation, the monk who is known for his outspokenness against Muslims, has lately changed his tone to one of reconciliation. The source traced the change to the monk's recent visit to Meikhtila, the central Myanmar town that has seen a wave of sectarian violence since March...

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