Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets UN chief on Rohingya crisis
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with the UN chief and America’s top diplomat in the Philippines among the crisis for her nation’s displaced Rohingya Muslim minority.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told her that hundreds of thousands of displaced Muslims who had fled to Bangladesh should be allowed to return to their homes in Myanmar.
“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,” a UN statement said.
More than 600,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh since late August, and now live in refugee camps.
The crisis erupted after Rohingya rebels attacked police posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, triggering a military crackdown that saw hundreds of villages reduced to ashes and sparked a massive exodus.
The Myanmar government insists military action in Rakhine is a proportionate response to violence by militants.
Suu Kyi has been lambasted by rights groups for failing to speak up for the Rohingya or condemn festering anti-Mus- lim sentiment in the country.
Official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday that Myanmar authorities have target to complete construction of repatriation camps and houses for local people in conflict-affected areas in northern Rakhine state in a month.
As part of implementation of rehabilitation and resettlement process by the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development (UEHRD), construction of the infrastructures including buildings, roads, water and electricity supply were launched on November 8 in northern Rakhine state.
Construction of Oh-Htein Hindu village as well as seven surrounding villages with 173 houses and repatriation camps are underway by the authorities since November 8.
The construction of such basic infrastructures has been implemented by construction team, one of nine private sector task forces, which was formed to join the Suu Kyi-led mechanism of UEHRD in northern Rakhine state.