Myanmar leader vows justice over communal violence

By the Associated Press | May 20, 2013 | 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Myanmar President Thein Sein says that all perpetrators of inter-communal violence in the country will be brought to justice.

Thein Sein made the comments Monday in a speech at a university in Washington after meeting President Barack Obama.

Myanmar has been roiled by unrest between Buddhists and minority Muslims over the past year that has left hundreds dead and displaced more than 100,000 people. Most of the victims have been Muslims.

Separately, Thein Sein expressed confidence of soon reaching a cease-fire with Kachin rebels, the main ethnic armed group still fighting the military.

Earlier, Obama said Thein Sein has shown leadership to move his country toward political and economic reforms.

It was the first time a Myanmar leader has visited the White House in 47 years.