Rohingya Muslims could go back to Burma, says minister
03 October, 2017, 09:01 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
Ever since the latest flare-up of violence against the community in Myanmar this year, almost 4 lakh Rohingyas have fled the state, pouring into nearby countries like Bangladesh seeking refuge.
Annan's recommendations include restoration of citizenship of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
The UN is now seeking $200 million from donors to help tackle the crisis among the Rohingya Muslims.
Four Hindu organizations have sought permission to take care of orphaned children and elderly victims of the violence in Maungdaw.
The UN said "it looks forward to strengthening trust and cooperation with all communities and Myanmar government" in a statement released after the trip on Monday afternoon. "Since their parents were killed, they might not have their papers".
The foreign embassies encouraged the government to enable the "voluntary, dignified and safe" return of more than a half a million refugees in Bangladesh to their places of origin.
She has also called for a United Nations fact-finding mission to go to Myanmar and for the government to implement recommendations on solving problems in Rakhine drawn up by a team led by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan.
Three groups of diplomats were taken to various places in the conflict-torn state.
He said authorities have responded by increasing security measures in certain parts of Rakhine state.
"We saw villages that had been burned to the ground and emptied of inhabitants". "We have tightened security in those places with the No. 1 border police force along with the army". It is 287 km away from the deep sea port India is building up at Sittwe, which is also the capital of Rakhine.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told diplomats recently in Nay Pyi Taw that Myanmar will repatriate all refugees who have fled to Bangladesh after the terrorist attack and the military's response in Rakhine State.
"Starting on Tuesday, they left their region, claiming that they felt insecure to remain because they were now living in a sparsely populated area, as most of their relatives had left for Bangladesh", the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported.
"The talks were held in a friendly atmosphere and Myanmar has made a proposal to take back the Rohingya refugees", the minister told reporters.
Myanmar told the United Nations refugee agency on Monday that its top priority was to bring back Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh. The Assam Rifles intensified patrolling along the 404-km-long Mizoram-Myanmar worldwide border and more troops were sent to the border areas. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.
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