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Myanmar dismisses EU concerns over Karen refugees

Myanmar dismissed European Union concerns about military operations against Karen rebels as political meddling Sunday, even after thousands of ethnic minorities fled the country to escape the fierce fighting. A counterinsurgency offensive in eastern Myanmar has forced more than 4,000 ethnic Karen to abandon their villages and cross into Thailand this month, according to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium, the key aid provider to border refugees. The EU last week expressed "serious concern" over the mounting offensive in the military-ruled nation and the exodus of refugees, and called for an immediate truce. A Foreign Ministry statement carried in state-run newspapers Sunday said the EU's criticism was "unwarranted," ''politically motivated" and based on "inaccurate information originating from the insurgent groups and biased media reports."
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