UNITED NATIONS  - A United Nations expert Thursday urged greater inclusion of women and other minority voices in the peace efforts in Myanmar and called on the Government to fulfil its obligations in stemming the spread of incitement of religious hatred directed against minority communities.

Wrapping up his eighth visit to the South-East Asian country, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, stressed that Myanmar had made positive improvement in its human rights situation, and has the potential for further progress, according to a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York. But at the same time, he stressed that the historical need of reconciliation with ethnic groups and the spread of incitement of hatred against religious minority groups are among remaining critical challenges.

“The initiatives being implemented at the highest levels by the Government to stop more fighting in the country”.