UN chief tells Myanmar to give Muslim Rohingyas full citizenship, end religious violence

The U.N. chief is warning Myanmar that it must end Buddhist attacks on minority Muslims in the country's west if it wants to be seen as a credible nation.

Sectarian violence against minority Rohingya Muslims in the predominantly Buddhist nation has killed hundreds in the past year, and uprooted about 140,000, in what some say presents a threat to Myanmar's political reforms because it could encourage security forces to re-assert control.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday: "It is important for the Myanmar authorities to take necessary steps to address the legitimate grievances of minority communities, including the citizenship demands of the Muslim/Rohingya."

He says failing to do so could risk "undermining reform process and triggering negative regional repercussions."