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‘It’s tantamount to genocide’

Turkish First Lady visits refugee camp

Cox’s Bazar Correspondent     8 September, 2017 12:00 AM printer

‘It’s tantamount
to genocide’

Weeping Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan consoles an elderly female refugee while visiting a Rohingya camp at Kutupalang of Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia upazila on Thursday afternoon.

Visiting Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan on Thursday described the violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar as ‘tantamount to genocide’ against the Muslim minority.         

While visiting the refugees at Kutupalang of Ukhia upazila in Cox’s Bazar, she said Turkey will stand beside the people who have fled to Bangladesh to escape the atrocities in Myanmar.

She also said the solution to the crisis lies in Myanmar only.

After arriving at Dhaka airport early Thursday, Emine along with other officials and entourages flew to Cox’s Bazar to see the plight of Rohingya refugees.

“Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will take up the issue at the UN General Assembly to bring an immediate resolution to the Rohingya crisis,” she said while visiting the refugee camp.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, superintendent of police and other officials of both countries were present with the Turkish envoy during the visit.

Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu earlier told media that Emine Erdogan will have “close contact” with the Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in the Rakhine state.

Turkey’s First Lady Emine Erdogan reached Dhaka in a special aircraft at around 3:00 am on Thursday. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam received her at the airport.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier arrived in Dhaka in another aircraft.

On August 31, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a phone conversation with Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and promised his support to resolve the Rohingya issue.

Meanwhile, Border Guard Bangladesh and Rapid Action Battalion arrested 15 human traffickers on Thursday for facilitating Rohingya influx.

Later a mobile court awarded them various kinds of punishment, including jail term and fine.

On Thursday, law enforcers and local people recovered the bodies of 11 Rohingyas, including seven children and four women who drowned after their boat capsized while crossing the border.