Myan­mar’s Suu Kyi meets UN chief on Ro­hingya cri­sis

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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.

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