Myanmar envoy blames Rohingya insurgents for violence in Rakhine state

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

The Trump administration has called for protection of civilians, and Bangladesh says all of the refugees will have to go home and it has called for safe zones in Burma to enable them to do so.

The humanitarian situation in Myanmar was "catastrophic", Guterres said, and called on all countries to do what they could to supply aid.

She said that human suffering of such magnitude must be stopped.

"In the last two weeks an estimated 370,000 Rohingya refugees have sought safety in Bangladesh".

"We need to see an end to the violence".

Now the country's more than 1 million Rohingya live largely without basic rights, majority in the western state of Rakhine and many in squalid camps.

He continued, "Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges, enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion".

The influx has overwhelmed pre-existing refugee camps in Cox's Bazar district, and many new arrivals were squatting in makeshift shelters alongside roads or in fields.

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Worldwide pressure has been growing on Buddhist-majority Burma to end the violence in the western state of Arakan that began on 25 August, when Rohingya militants attacked about 30 police posts and an army camp.

Teknaf police chief Mainuddin Khan said the bodies were recovered Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Dubai's ruler is sending a Boeing 747 cargo plane loaded with tents to shelter Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

The UN Security Council is to meet on Wednesday behind closed doors for the second time since the latest crisis erupted. More flights are planned with the aim of helping 120,000, a spokesman said.

Bangladesh was already home to about 400,000 Rohingya. Suu Kyi is not Myanmar's president - her official titles are state counsellor and foreign minister - but she effectively serves as leader of the Southeast Asian nation.

Suu Kyi has been the subject of worldwide opprobrium over her handling of the Rohingya minority in her country and her failure to speak out forcefully against the violence directed toward them.

The recommendations were made in a report last month by a commission led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Even so, Suu Kyi - a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent 15 years under house arrest for opposing Myanmar's long-ruling military junta before winning a landslide election in 2015 - has insisted that unspecified "terrorists" and not the country's military are targeting the Rohingyas.

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