UN Security Council members meet Suu Kyi

UNSC to expedite Rohingya repatriation

The State Counsellor also explained to the delegation matters pertaining to providing humanitarian assistance to affected communities, rebuilding trust and confidence among communities, citizenship issues, ongoing closure of camps for internally displaced people, issuance of national verification cards (NVCs), restoring rule of law, issue of resettlement on the worldwide boundary line between the two countries, possible recurrence of terrorist attacks at any time, necessity to find the root cause of the conflict, prevention of hate speech, and encouragement for school education. "There are a lot of agencies apart from the Security Council". Also, the [UN} secretary general...has appointed a special envoy [on Myanmar], so things are happening.

Aung San Suu Kyi also briefed the delegation, led by Ambassador Gustavo Meza Cuadra Velasquez of Peru, on matters pertaining to providing humanitarian assistance to affected communities, rebuilding trust and confidence among the communities, citizenship issue, ongoing closure of internally displaced person (IDP) camps and issuance of national verification cards (NVC).

On Tuesday, the 15-member delegation - led by Peru's Ambassador to the UN Gustavo Meza-Cuadra whose country now holds the rotating presidency of the UNSC - is set to visit Rakhine province in western Myanmar, where the had unleashed the offensive following a series of attacks on government posts by Rohingya rebels. "They are a member of the Security Council and they are with us", he said.

The UN and other rights groups have warned that a mass repatriation of Rohingya would be premature, as Myanmar has yet to address the systematic legal discrimination and persecution the minority has faced for decades. They carried placards, some of which read "We want justice".

"We (however) don't want conflict, we want peaceful resolution to the crisis", she said.

Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, Kuwait's permanent representative at the United Nations and a member of the delegation, told the media that the situation "cannot remain without solutions".

"No one is protecting anyone", he said.

It has tried to bluff Bangladesh with insincere shows of trying to repatriate refugees while confining other Rohingyas in Rakhine in squalid, claustrophobic camps and disregarding Bangladesh's and the global community's demand to create proper conditions for repatriation.

"There is no easy answer but if we all work together I think we can find a way", he said.

"The issue is still for us to promote bilateral ways to resolve this issue. But all the parties should show commitments to solve it as soon as possible", the Kuwaiti ambassador said.

Delegation members said they hope to help the refugees return quickly and safely to their homes there.

Bangladesh and Burma agreed in December to begin repatriating the refugees in January, but there were concerns among aid workers and Rohingya that they would be forced to return and face unsafe conditions in Myanmar.

He said he lost a brother, an uncle and a nephew after Myanmar soldiers shot them dead. "And we will go back to the council [and] we will consider it for sure", Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi said.

Around 700,000 Rohingya have fled the troubled area to squalid camps in Bangladesh previous year as Myanmar's army launched a brutal crackdown following insurgent attacks on security posts.

Calling the refugees "Bengalis" - official shorthand for illegal immigrants from over the border - Min Aung Hlaing blamed "terrorists" for causing the violence.

According to an IANS report, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs puts the overall population of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh at over 1 million.

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