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No deal yet for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees

25 October 2017

Italy has pledged 7 million euros to help more than half a million Rohingyas, mainly women and children, who have fled to Bangladesh to escape conflict in Myanmar, Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said.

The US Tuesday announced that it has initiated actions against Myanmar's military leadership involved in violence against Rohingya Muslims that has triggered a grave humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh.

It added: "It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable".

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Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since late August when attacks by insurgents sparked a military response. The Myanmar government, especially its de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, have sorely disappointed the Rohingya as well as the world by turning a cold shoulder.

On Monday, the State Department said it's considering targeted sanctions as well as re-imposing broader economic sanctions suspended under the Obama administration.

The State Department's remarks come just one month before President Trump is set to visit the region.

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The government has already ended travel waivers for members of the military in Myanmar. If that does not work out, then the Rohingya will continue to be a people shorn of their rightful homes.

Italy's diplomats will also work within the European Union and the UN Security Council to ensure that Myanmar's security forces respect human rights, that civilians were protected and that the UN gains humanitarian access to the area, the Foreign Ministry said.

In addition, Washington is "consulting with allies and partners on accountability options at the UN, the UN Human Rights Council, and other appropriate venues", it said. More than 500,000 refugees have taken refuge to Bangladesh in the district of Cox's Bazaar, bordering Myanmar.

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Forty-three U.S. lawmakers urged the Trump administration to reimpose USA travel bans on Myanmar's military leaders and prepare targeted sanctions against those responsible for the crackdown.

No deal yet for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees