New US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller has urged Myanmar to address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis.
Myanmar is responsible for providing the Rohingya access to citizenship and livelihood, freedom of movement, and other key recommendations of the Annan Commission, he said.The US envoy made the remarks while paying a three-day visit to Cox’s Bazar to see the situation of the Rohingya on the ground from Tuesday to Thursday.
He expressed strong support for ensuring that those responsible for the atrocities committed against the Rohingya are held accountable.
Ambassador Miller highlighted US sanctions against five Myanmar military and border guard police generals as well as two Myanmar military units.
During the tour, he visited several Rohingya camps and Bangladesh host communities in Cox’s Bazar, said the US embassy in Dhaka on Thursday.
On his inaugural visit, he went to Konarpara to see the internally displaced Rohingya sheltering in no-man’s land, where a tall border fence has been built just behind them.
He visited a number of refugee camp facilities, including health clinics, food distribution points, counter trafficking and disaster shelters, and learning centers, in both Ukhia and Teknaf.In all of his meetings, Ambassador Miller expressed US gratitude and admiration for the extraordinary generosity of the Bangladesh people in sheltering the more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017.
The US has provided nearly $346 million to assist Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh affected by the displacement since the current crisis started in August 2017.
In addition, the US contributes more than $200 million annually in development assistance.
Ambassador Miller presented his credentials to President Md Abdul Hamid on November 29.
He described Bangladesh as a strategic US partner in the region and characterized the strong US-Bangladesh relationship as one driven by common interests.