B’desh PM seeks help for Ro­hingya cri­sis

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DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina headed for the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly on Satur­day to plead for global help cop­ing with the Ro­hingya cri­sis, as the num­bers seek­ing refuge in her coun­try fol­low­ing a crack­down in Myan­mar topped 4,00,000.

The prime min­is­ter left a day af­ter her gov­ern­ment sum­moned the Myan­mar en­voy for the third time to protest over its neigh­bour’s ac­tions. Her of­fice said Hasina would de­mand more pres­sure on Myan­mar dur­ing talks in New York.

UN said on Satur­day that the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple to have en­tered Bangladesh hav­ing fled the un­rest had now reached 4,09,000.

“Sheikh Hasina will raise the Ro­hingya is­sue dur­ing her speech at the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly. She will seek im­me­di­ate ces­sa­tion of vi­o­lence in Rakhine state in Myan­mar and ask the UN sec­re­tary gen­eral to send a fact-find­ing miss­ing to Rakhine,” a spokesman for the Prime Min­is­ter, Nazrul Is­lam, said.

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Over 4 lakh Ro­hingya Mus­lims have fled the vi­o­lence in Myan­mar to Bangladesh, ac­cord­ing to UN.

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