United Nations council visits Myanmar as it eyes action on Rohingya crisis

United Nations council visits Myanmar as it eyes action on Rohingya crisis

Following their visit to the refugee camps in no man's land in Konarpara and Ukhiya's Kutupalong on Sunday where they interviewed the Rohingyas, the delegates said the gravity of the situation is bad, but it is not possible to solve the problem overnight.

The United Nations has expressed concern over the safety of tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims as the approaching monsoon season threatens their make-shift camps in Southern Bangladesh. The Government and the people of Bangladesh are the biggest donors to this crisis.

All the 15 members of the delegation voiced commonly that it is "a severe crisis", but also underlined that "there is no magic solution to it" while briefing journalists in Ukhia upazila.

The delegation will submit report once they go back to NY after wrapping the visit on May 2.

As the UNSC delegation begins visiting Myanmar today its government will make an effort to fix its strained relationship with the global community and allow some of the Rohingyas to return to Rakhine State, said a Financial Times report yesterday.

Russia's ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, told reporters that the diplomats would not look away from the crisis, but added that finding a solution would be no easy task. "The threat of raising this issue in the Security Council shouldn't be used as a leverage for the Myanmar government to cooperate".

Myanmar should allow an independent investigation into human rights abuses against Muslims before beginning to repatriate Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.

"This is indeed a very complex issue".

Last week, Burma's Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement Minister Win Myat Aye said Burma will start repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh ahead of the monsoon. The Muslim population in Rakhine has either been decimated or fled to Bangladesh. He said his government would extent every possible assistance to the UNSC to resolve the conflict.

Myanmar has said the military operation in Rakhine was to root out extremists and has rejected almost all allegations that its security forces committed atrocities.

Hundreds of refugees lined a road in Kutupalong camp on Sunday with signs that read "we demand justice" and "protected return to protected homeland".

Hundreds of thousands of refugees are living in temporary shelters made of bamboo and tarpaulins at Kutupalong, many on steep hills and in low-lying areas likely to be flooded.

Over 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh, and the influx, though reduced in recent weeks, continues despite Myanmar's assurances of stopping violence in Rakhine.

Representatives from the five permanent Security Council members - China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States - and 10 non-permanent member states have joined the delegation in the coastal town of Cox's Bazar, where the camps are located.

Also, he thanked all the members of the delegation who contributed to providing the aid and making the magnitude of the humanitarian disaster known through social networks and media platforms, noting that the visit had a good impact on orphans and refugee children and brought pleasure to them.

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