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UNSC delegation to meet Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

01 May 2018

They will go on to Myanmar where they are to meet civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"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.

Russia's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, said he and his fellow team members would not look away from the crisis after their visit, though he warned that there are no simple solutions.

Fourteen other members of the group, including five permanent members - US, China, Russia, France and United Kingdom - attended the news briefing organised at the Dhaka airport prior to the mission's departure to Myanmar.

UN Security Council team begins visit to Bangladesh to meet Rohingya refugees

That is why Bangladesh has prepared Bhashan Char island to relocate 100,000 Rohingyas, she said.

Rohingya are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they have faced persecution for decades.

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.

"Myanmar should act in accordance with the agreement they have signed with Bangladesh (regarding the repatriation of the Rohingyas)", she said.

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The UN delegation will speak to and conduct face-to-face interviews with the refugees in Bangladesh before they head to Myanmar to visit Rakhine, the state where the Rohingya lived before violence intensified against them.

"This is a very complicated issue ... we need to work together to address this issue", he told reporters, stressing that the violence in Rakhine first had to stop.

In November, Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed on a bilateral deal to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya.

Wounded Rohingya refugees walk with the help of crutches at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp.

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The lack of a UNSC resolution to bring sanctions or an arms embargo against Myanmar over its treatment of the Rohingya has drawn much criticism, including from New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The UN refugee agency and Bangladesh recently finalised a memorandum of understanding that said the repatriation process must be "safe, voluntary and dignified ... in line with global standards".

The UNSC delegation yesterday visited the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar and saw the plight of the refugees.

IOM's Senior Operations Coordinator in Cox's Bazar (where thousands Rohingya Muslims are putting up) John McCue, said, "We can not wait for funding to come in after the Emergency is over and possibly preventable tragedies have occurred".

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Today's visit was planned by Myanmar's government to begin repairing relations with the global community and will be used as an opportunity to consider taking further action.

UNSC delegation to meet Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh