The government of Myanmar on July 20 lifted the state of emergency which had been imposed in the central region following religious clashes in March which had caused dozens of casualties.

The announcement carried by the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the decision was made as peace and stability had been restored in the township of Meikhtila and surrounding areas.

Official statistics showed that 44 people were killed during the clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in March. In 2012, conflicts between the majority Buddhist community and the Muslims who account for only 4 percent of the population, claimed the lives of 200 people.-VNA