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UNSC meets Wednesday on Rohingya issue

UNB     12th February, 2018 02:56:07 printer

UNSC meets Wednesday on Rohingya issue

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UN Security Council will meet on Wednesday (NY time Tuesday) to discuss Rohingya issue and situation in Rakhine Sate, according to a provisional programme of the Security Council.


By the time, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to talk about Rohingyas and how they can be repatriated.


Quoting a statement from Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry, Associated Press (AP) said Johnson and Suu Kyi on Sunday discussed repatriation and developments in Rakhine, the western Myanmar state from where the Rohingya have fled.


Johnson reached Myanmar from Bangladesh after meeting Rohingyas on Saturday.


Johnson said on Twitter that Sunday's discussion concerned investigating violence in Rakhine and creating the right conditions for repatriation.


“Held talks with Aung San Suu Kyi. Discussed importance of Burmese authorities in carrying out full & independent investigation into the violence in #Rakhine & urgent need to create the right conditions for #Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Rakhine,” he wrote.


Meanwhile, Bangladesh and Myanmar are in talks to hold a home ministerial-level meeting this month.


If finalised, Myanmar Home Minister Kyaw Swe will lead his country while Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Bangladesh at the meeting which will discuss Rohingya repatriation, smuggling of drugs, security and other relevant issues.


Four teams of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) comprising 11 MEPs are currently in Cox’s Bazar and they visited a Rohingya camp there on Monday to see their plight on the ground.


In October last year, the Council of the EU in its conclusions said it may consider additional measures if the situation does not improve but also stands ready to respond accordingly to positive developments.


On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on 'Physical Arrangement' which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.


The 'Physical Arrangement' stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start of repatriation.