Annan: Myanmar mission to ease tensions, not probe rights

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says his government-appointed mission to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state is not meant to investigate human rights, but to come up with recommendations to ease tensions between Buddhists and minority Muslims.

Annan is a member of an independent commission set up last month by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's government to help find solutions to communal conflict in the western state resulting from longstanding discrimination against Muslim Rohingya. The tensions flared into bloody violence in 2012 which left more than 100,000 people homeless.

Annan said at a news conference Thursday after a two-day trip to Rakhine that his team's mandate is not to write a human rights report but to make recommendations that will help reduce tension and support development.