Myanmar ready to take back Rohingya refugees

  • Myanmar ready to take back Rohingya refugees

Myanmar ready to take back Rohingya refugees

Haque, who met Foreign secretary S Jaishankar in the Capital on Thursday evening, was also hopeful of India's support to Bangladesh in the wake of the refugee crisis.

Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, reiterated an appeal for access to the population in northern Rakhine, saying the situation was "unacceptable".

The UN has described the exodus as the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency, slamming Buddhist-majority Myanmar for engaging in ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya Muslim minority.

Scores of Rohingya villages have been torched.

"India and the European Union expressed deep concern at the recent spate of violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar that has resulted in the outflow of a large number of people from the state, many of whom have sought shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh", the joint statement said.

Since the end of August, more than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladash amid an ongoing military crackdown against them, according to figures from the United Nations.

Queues for food are continuing to swell in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, as more Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar make the border crossing.

Bloody riots in 2012 forced over 100,000 Rohingya to flee to refugee camps in southeast Bangladesh, where many still live.

Cholera is a risk, amid fears of disease spreading in the rain-drenched camps where aid workers are trying to install sanitation systems, a spokesman for the World Health Organisation said.

Some 900,000 doses of vaccine are due to arrive in the region at the weekend.

The UN has labelled Burma's refusal to grant access to Rakhine state - the scene of alleged ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims - as "unnacceptable".

On a one-day visit organised by Myanmar authorities, United Nations officials, diplomats and aid groups were flown by helicopter to Maungdaw, epicentre of the violence.

Hindus and ethnic Rakhine were also among the dead - allegedly killed by Rohingya militants.

Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has come under worldwide criticism for her alleged failure to protect the minority Rohingya people.

Islamist parties, including Hefazat, have staged several demonstrations over the issue in recent weeks and some firebrand leaders have called on the government to go to war with Myanmar to liberate Rakhine for the persecuted Rohingya.