Al­low re­turn of Ro­hingya refugees: UN to Suu Kyi

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UN chief Antonio Guter­res on Tues­day met Myan­mar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and urged her to take steps to en­sure “dig­ni­fied” re­turn of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Mus­lim refugees who have fled the coun­try to Bangladesh fol­low­ing vi­o­lence against them, re­ports PTI.

Sep­a­rately on the mar­gins of the ASEAN sum­mit here, the US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son also met Suu Kyi and dis­cussed the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in the Rakhine state.

In his meet­ing with Myan­mar’s State Coun­sel­lor, the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral high­lighted the need for al­low­ing the re­turn of dis­placed Mus­lims who have fled to neigh­bour­ing Bangladesh.

The Ro­hingya is­sue also fig­ured dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump last night.

“The Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral and the State Coun­sel­lor dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion in Rakhine State. The Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral high­lighted that strength­ened ef­forts to en­sure hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­cess, safe, dig­ni­fied, vol­un­tary and sus­tained re­turns, as well as true rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween com­mu­ni­ties, would be es­sen­tial,” the UN said in a state­ment.

Over 6,00,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims have fled to Bangladesh from pre­dom­i­nantly Bud­dhist Myan­mar’s Rakhine state since late Au­gust af­ter large-scale vi­o­lence.

Ro­hingya refugees walk with re­lief ma­te­ri­als at Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia dis­trict.

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