UNSC to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh, Iraq

UNSC to send mission to Iraq, Bangladesh, Myanmar

Cox's Bazar, Apr 12 (UNB) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and KSRelief have signed a US$3 million agreement to provide emergency assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

According to U.N. officials, almost 700,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh from Rakhine to escape a military crackdown since August, amid reports of murder, rape and arson by Myanmar troops and Buddhist vigilantes which the United Nations has likened to "ethnic cleansing".

Myanmar Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye, who heads rehabilitation efforts in Myanmar's troubled western Rakhine state, told about 50 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh on Wednesday that getting the repatriation process moving was top priority.

The UNHCR thanked Bangladesh for its hospitality, protection and assistance to those refugees.

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The United States government and the United Nations describe the violence against the Rohingya as "ethnic cleansing". Several boats with Rohingya from parts of the violence-torn Rakhine state have left Myanmar in recent months.

"It will help improve the situation in Myanmar, in terms of helping the Government implement the Annan.the conclusions of the (Kofi) Annan panel", he said referring to the panel, headed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that has outlined long-term solutions to help end the violence and marginalisation for all communities in Rakhine.

Guterres spokesperson St�phane Dujarric said in a statement that members of the Security Council have agreed to send a mission to Iraq, Bangladesh, and Myanmar during the period from April 26 to May 2. The repatriation did not begin as planned due to the lack of safety guarantees for those willing to return.

But the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Thursday Myanmar was not prepared. Myanmar authorities say the operation in Rakhine state is aimed at rooting out extremists, but the Security Council is demanding that the Rohingya be allowed to safely return home.

He said following the issuance of the Royal Directives to allocate US$20 million in response to the most recent Rohingya crisis, KSRelief has initiated a number of key projects and has worked closely in coordination with UNHCR and the government of Bangladesh to attend to the most urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees.

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