Myanmar in talks with United Nations agencies on return of Rohingya

Myanmar in talks with United Nations agencies on return of Rohingya

Myanmar in talks with United Nations agencies on return of Rohingya

"What we have got to do on the council is to think how best to turn that into something operational, so that the evidence gets collected and given either to the Burmese authorities or to some sort of global mechanism", Britain's UN Ambassador Karen Pierce told Reuters, as the Security Council wrapped up a four-day visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday.

That commission's report called for reviews of the country's 1982 Citizenship Law, which prevents the Rohingya from becoming citizens, an end to restrictions on the Muslim minority to prevent further violence in the region, and the closure of internally displaced persons camps in Rakhine state.

"In particular, the engagement of United Nations agencies in Rakhine [state] will strengthen the government's ability to ensure that refugees can return safely, without fear", she was quoted as saying in the report.

On November 6, the UN Security Council adopted its first presidential statement on the country since 2008, condemning the Rakhine attacks and the ensuing violence and calling on the government to address the root causes of the crisis.

As he left court, Wa Lone told reporters: "The injustice that they did to us will be revealed soon".

"Basically the message that we conveyed was that it was very important to improve the security conditions of the return of the refugees", he said, recalling the visit.

Prosecutors argued that the police captain had told a different story to investigators when he was arrested. "But they said nothing in response", he told The Irrawaddy.

Thousands of refugees gathered amid scorching heat at the camp to welcome the delegation.

The US ambassador said the USAID had programmes for the assistance of the refugees across the globe and it was working in Cox's Bazar under the United Nations system to mitigate the sufferings of the Rohingyas there.

Aye Lwin also told the diplomats that the level of trust among the Rohingya and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists needed to be strengthened to implement the recommendations of the Annan commission because both communities remain suspicious of the other.

U Than Tun, general secretary of the Ancillary Committee for Reconstruction of Rakhine National Territory in the Western Frontier (ACRRNT), who attended the meeting, said: "We told the UNSC delegation that it is good that they have come here to see the real situation since they have only heard fake and fabricated news". She did not say how she knew the refugees were Bangladeshis.

Aung San Suu Kyi was helpful and asked the council to share evidence with Myanmar authorities, she said, adding that the Security Council would reflect on how best to respond to the State Counsellor's Office, including an investigation mechanism to provide it with evidence.

US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat handed over the letter to the Prime Minister when she met her here this afternoon.

Reported by Min Thein Aung, Nay Rein Kyaw, and Wai Mar Tun for RFA's Myanmar Service. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

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