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Level UN team meets Burma leader in Rohingya probe

Level UN team meets Burma leader in Rohingya probe

"We are trying to contribute toward these things", said Gustavo Adolfo Meza Cuadra Velasqez, Peru's ambassador to the United Nations and the current chair of the Security Council.

Kuwait's UN Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi, one of the envoys, told Hasina the Security Council wanted to "send a clear strong message. that we're determined to end this humanitarian crisis".

"I do not see any resistance from China and Russian Federation".

"We don't want to raise the expectations of what the Security Council can do".

Refugees themselves want guarantees of safety and - crucially - citizenship if they return to a country which regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the UN Security Council on Monday to press Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims camped in her country as refugees.

"Burma is my homeland and we want to return there with conditions".

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The eyes of the world will now be on the UNSC since it is now its moral responsibility to intervene and create enough pressure on Myanmar which has so far done nothing to alleviate the sufferings of the Rohingyas, create proper conditions for their repatriation or even to acknowledge that atrocities at the hands of members of the Myanmar's army have taken place. "They have killed my family members, they tortured us, they will kill us again", said one of the refugees, 29-year-old Mohammed Tayab, standing in front of a tent where he was waiting to meet the United Nations team. "What we really want to see, we want to see that...the global obligation is implemented".

The delegation comprised of envoys from the 15-member council as they met the premier a day after visiting crammed Rohingya camps in southeastern Cox's Bazar where about 700,000 Rohingyas took refuge since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on the ethnic Muslim community in Rakhine state last August.

We welcome the commitment made by the UNSC delegation that resolution of the Rohingya crisis will be its top priority. We are not expecting to have, to easily solve this problem very quick.

The Kuwaiti diplomat said the Security Council would "try to explore ways and means to speed up implementation of the (repatriation accord) signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for safe, free, voluntary and dignified return of the refugees".

During the almost hour-long meeting, Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, also noted Myanmar's difficulties transitioning to rule of law after decades of military dictatorship, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We can not remain silent about it", said al-Otaibi, whose country helped organised the tour with fellow council members Britain and Peru.

Myanmar has said the military operation in Rakhine was mounted to root out extremists and has rejected almost all allegations that its security forces committed atrocities. They will follow this with a visit to Rakhine state in Myanmar. The UN team referred to the Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh simply as refugees.


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