Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan visited Myanmar’s troubled northern Rakhine states on Friday and Saturday in his capacity as the chairman of Rakhine State Advisory Commission.
Myanmar state TV showed footage of Annan meeting several community groups including Buddhist and Muslim Rohingya.
The commission includes members of the Muslim and ethnic Rakhine, mostly Buddhist, communities. It focuses on conflict prevention, aid, reconciliation, human rights and development, Myanmar’s government has said.
Myanmar’s military and the government have rejected allegations by residents and human rights groups that soldiers have raped Rohingya women, burned houses and killed civilians during the operation.
In a news conference, Annan urged all sides to find a solution to “their issues peacefully”.
The UN has said about 30,000 people have been internally displaced by the violence.
Myanmar’s government does not recognise the Rohingya as its citizens. The violence in Myanmar is the most serious bloodshed in Rakhine since communal clashes in 2012 that killed hundreds.
Persecution and poverty led thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmar following the violence between Buddhists and Muslims there four years ago. Many of them were smuggled or trafficked to neighbouring countries, mostly to Thailand and Malaysia.