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End to Rakhine unrest, urged Bangladesh

Friday, 13 January 2017

Dhaka: Bangladesh urged Myanmar to end months of violence that has forced tens of thousands of Rohingya to flee across the border, saying the influx was hitting economic development.

At least 65,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar launched a military operation in October following attacks on police posts in western Rakhine state, a third of them over the past week.

Rights groups say members of the stateless Muslim minority have faced abuses so severe they could amount to crimes against humanity.

On Wednesday, Bangladeshi foreign minister A.H. Mahmood Ali held talks with a special envoy of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Dhaka.

There were already 33,000 registered and 300,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees in the country before the latest outbreak of violence.

Dhaka is under pressure both at home and abroad to open its border to the Rohingya, but the recent arrivals are already putting enormous strain on the impoverished nation of 160 million people.

It has instead reinforced its border posts and deployed coastguard ships to prevent fresh arrivals.

There was no comment from the envoy, Kyaw Tin, Myanmar’s deputy foreign minister, whose three-day visit to Dhaka ended yesterday.

Last month, the Bangladesh foreign ministry summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to express “deep concern at the continued influx”.

Source by: Internet

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