No magic solution to Rohingya crisis: UNSC

01 May, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • UN Security Council team begins visit to Bangladesh to meet Rohingya refugees

The visit puts a global spotlight back on the crisis amid warnings by the United Nations, aid groups and Myanmar's panel of worldwide advisers on Rohingya issues that the coming monsoon season would likely worsen the humanitarian situation.

"The message we are conveying to Myanmar, to the refugees and to the rest of the world is that we are determined to find a solution of this crisis", Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaib, the permanent representative of Kuwait to the United Nations, told journalists at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka before living Bangladesh for Myanmar. In doing so, they are facing up to one of the U.N.'s most significant failures of recent years. In a subsequent crackdown described by the U.N. and the United States as "ethnic cleansing", Burmese security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya villagers' homes. They carried placards, some of which read "We want justice".

"It's quite overwhelming. Obviously the scale of this camp is unlike anything I've ever seen", said deputy US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelley Currie.

The UNSC team comprising of delegates from five permanent members China, France, Russia, UK and the USA, and 10 other non-permanent members visited the Kutupalong refugee camp at Tombru border in Bandarban's Naikhyangchhari to assess the plight of the refugees there, as reported by the Daily Star.

"When we go back to NY we will consider, we will try to explore to speed up the implementation of the agreement ...for safe, free and voluntary and dignified return of the refugees", he said.

The UN Security Council visit is held on high esteem as Bangladesh hopes it to lend out assistance towards repatriating the mass population of Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar.

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Over 700,000 Rohingyas fled Myanmar since August 25 previous year amid a military crackdown.

"The worldwide community should keep up pressure on the Myanmar government in this regard", she said.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar, that doesn't recognize them as equal citizens, in the last few months to escape violence.

The UN envoys first visited Konarpara camp, a no man's land between Bangladesh and Myanmar where some 6,000 Rohingya have been trapped on bleak scrubland since the bloodshed began previous year.

Thousands of refugees gathered amid scorching heat at the Kutupalong camp to welcome the visiting delegation. The camp's Rohingya leader Dil Mohammad said the UNSC delegation met and spoke with some women victims of the violence in Rakhine, as well as community elders. "They are in desperate need of support and protection and we simply do not have the funding we need to deliver a fraction of what is required", said McCue.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the overall population of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is now estimated to be over one million. Myanmar has said the military operation in Rakhine is aimed at rooting out extremists and has rejected almost all allegations that its security forces committed atrocities in the state. On Friday, Human Rights Watch called for Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

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