"Ugly As Ogres:" Burmese Envoy Insults Refugees

03/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

HONG KONG (AFP) -- Myanmar's senior official in Hong Kong has described the Rohingya people as "ugly as ogres" in a letter sent to media and foreign officials after a high-profile refugee case highlighted their plight.

The country's Consul General Ye Myint Aung told heads of foreign missions in Hong Kong and local newspapers members of the Muslim ethnic group should not be described as being from Myanmar.

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