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Rohingya solution lies in Myanmar, keep supporting Bangladesh

14 February 2018

During his speech today in the Security Council, Jenca reiterated the importance of guaranteeing a voluntary, safe and decent return for the Rohingya people that wish to do so.

Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen said the UN Security Council should continue to act on behalf of the global community as the custodian for the process of voluntary, safe and dignified return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar's Rakhine State.

He also thanked the European Union for assistance in managing the Rohingya crisis.

Myanmar regards the Rohingya as immigrants from Bangladesh and denies them citizenship, even though they have been there for generations.

Besides, MEPs assured that the European Union will remain beside Bangladesh during the transition from Least Developed Country (LDC) to middle-income country status in the coming years.

Haley said only Kadir and two friends survived, and six days later he found teammates partially buried in mass graves - reportedly among five mass graves.

Doctors Without Borders estimate almost 7,000 Rohingyas, including 730 children under age of 5, were killed in what has been dubbed a textbook case of "ethnic cleansing" by a top United Nations human rights official.

Rohingya solution lies in Myanmar, keep supporting Bangladesh
Rohingya solution lies in Myanmar, keep supporting Bangladesh

Several members of the Council came up with the pledge at the first open council meeting organised by the Kuwaiti Presidency of the Council on the situation in Myanmar at the United Nations on Tuesday, according to a press release of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations received here on Wednesday.

"The causes of their flight have not been addressed, and we have yet to see substantive progress on addressing the exclusion and denial of rights that has deepened over the last decades, rooted in their lack of citizenship", Grandi said.

"As we have repeatedly said, resolving this crisis means finding solutions inside Myanmar". The U.N. refugee chief said that while the exodus had significantly decreased, the flow "still continues", with some 1,500 refugees arriving in Bangladesh this month.

"Refugees must be able to return to a place of their choice, including the location where they previously resided", Grandi said.

Refugees must determine the timing and pace of returns; building their confidence is crucial, said the UNHCR.

Haley's concerns were echoed by France, Britain and Sweden, among other countries, but Myanmar's ambassador said his government was ready to move ahead with plans to take back refugees. "Kutupalong area in Bangladesh is now the largest refugee settlement in the world, and with the monsoon season to start in March, 107,000 refugees are estimated to be living in areas prone to flooding or landslides", Grandi noted. Myanmar has made "great strides" in restoring stability and has given Bangladesh a list of "508 Hindus and 750 Muslims" to be among the first returnees, said Ambassador Hau Do Suan. Worldwide support to Bangladesh's government must be stepped up "to avert a catastrophe", he warned.

The statement called for an end to the violence in Rakhine and urged the Myanmar authorities to allow immediate access to United Nations aid agencies.

Rohingya solution lies in Myanmar, keep supporting Bangladesh