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Suu Kyi vows 'reconciliation' amid Rohingya crisis

SINGAPORE -- Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed on Wednesday to work for "peace and national reconciliation" amid mounting international condemnation of a bloody army crackdown on her country's Muslim Rohingya minority.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner did not mention the violence in Rakhine state, but told a business forum in Singapore that multi-ethnic Myanmar needed to achieve stability to attract more investment.

Suu Kyi started a three-day visit to wealthy Singapore, the largest foreign investor in Myanmar after China, as international pressure mounted on her government to address the Rohingya crisis.

Crowds of Rohingya have flooded over the border into Bangladesh, making horrifying claims of gang rape, torture and murder at the hands of security forces.

Myanmar has denied allegations of abuse, saying the army is hunting "terrorists" behind deadly raids on police border posts last month.

Thousands also fled into China this month after clashes broke out between the army and ethnic rebels in Myanmar's northern Shan state.

"As you know, we have many challenges. We're a country made of many ethnic communities, and we have to work at achieving stability and rule of law which you in Singapore take pride in," the 71-year-old leader said.

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