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Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Myanmar ready to take back verified Rohingyas: Suu Kyi

Myanmar ready to take back verified Rohingyas: Suu Kyi

She called on the worldwide community to put pressure on Myanmar over the Rohingya issue and spoke of meeting representatives of India, China, Thailand, Laos and other countries neighbouring Myanmar on the crisis, bdnews24.com reported.

Delegation members said they hope to help the refugees return quickly and safely to their homes there.

The Turkish humanitarian aid agency, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), contacted Ayoub and his mother as part of its aid program to Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and provided medical assistance, humanitarian aid and a wheelchair for the mother.

She also reportedly expressed willingness to build relations of trust between minority Rohingya Muslims and majority Buddhists.

The representatives of the 15-member Security Council on Sunday visited refugee camps in southern Bangladeshi district of Cox's Bazar, where almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims sheltered fleeing atrocities in Myanmar's Rakhine state. The council mission also met with civil society, parliamentarians and government representatives in the capital of Myanmar.

TRT World 's Shamim Chowdhury has more. On our arrival NY, we will continue our discussions. Both the U.N. and the United States have said that the campaign amounted to ethnic cleansing.

The refugees are seeking United Nations protection to return home.

The delegation comprised of envoys from the 15-member council as they met the premier a day after visiting crammed Rohingya camps in southeastern Cox's Bazar where about 700,000 Rohingyas took refuge since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on the ethnic Muslim community in Rakhine state last August.

U.N. and rights groups say almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh after a military crackdown launched in Rakhine State in August that the United Nations denounced as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Myanmar's government says she repeated that her country is ready to accept Rohingya returnees.

Security Council President Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, left, walks with other members of a U.N. Security Council team upon arrival at Naypyitaw International Airport in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, April 30, 2018.

"It shows the scale of the challenge as we try as a Security Council to find some way through that enables these poor people to go home", Pierce said.

The U.N. refugee agency and Bangladesh recently finalized a memorandum of understanding that said the repatriation process must be "safe, voluntary and dignified, in line with worldwide standards". Any Council resolution would need nine votes in favour and no vetoes by either Russian Federation or China, an ally of Myanmar.

When asked if the council could help ensure evidence of crimes such as rape is collected, Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said: "I don't think this is a council matter, frankly speaking". Rohingya insurgent attacks on Rakhine security posts led to the military operation that Myanmar deemed a legitimate response.

In New York, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq noted at a briefing that "around 500,000 Rohingya still live in Rakhine, facing continued discrimination and marginalization, including around 130,000 men, women and children who are trapped in appalling conditions in camps". They are denied freedom of movement and other basic rights. "This is the reality that must be changed if refugees are to be reasonably expected to return". Hundreds of thousands of refugees are living in temporary shelters made of bamboo and tarpaulins at Kutupalong, many on steep hills and in low-lying areas likely to be flooded.

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