UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has said the ‘origins and solutions to the Rohingya crisis rest in Myanmar’, reports BSS.
“Repatriation and reconciliation policies will fail without accountability and non-discriminatory rule of law and public safety measures to address the fears and distrust among communities in Rakhine,” he said.
Briefing on developments in Myanmar at UN Security Council on Tuesday, Feltman said the United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees.
“Myanmar could also tap the UN’s capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, including democratic consolidation...We hope Myanmar will draw upon the wealth of expertise the UN can offer,” he added.
Expressing gratitude to Bangladesh government for its continued generosity to give shelter of over 626,000 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, he urged international community to continue to support these efforts, according to a message received here on Wednesday.
During his deliberations, Feltman highlighted the bilateral agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for a comprehensive and durable solution through safe, dignified, and voluntary return in accordance with international law.
“The returns must be supported by reconciliation efforts, and central to this is the implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations,” he added.
The Advisory Commission, established by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, recommends that the government take concrete steps, such as ending enforced segregation of Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims and ensuring full and unfettered humanitarian access throughout Rakhine state.
Feltman said that during his October visit, he explored with the authorities potential UN support in key areas.
“We urge all Myanmar leaders, including in the military, to condemn incitement to racial hatred and violence.