Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh home minister may go to Myanmar in October



Rohingya civilians began fleeing Myanmar after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts there on August 25, prompting security forces to launch a counter-offensive which the United Nations has described as "a textbook case of ethnic cleansing".

In a statement posted on its Twitter feed, the salvation Army of the Rohingya of the Arakan (ARSA) explains that the truce will end on October 9th at midnight.

Given the urgency and gravity of the situation faced by Rohingya and others in Rakhine state at this present moment, it is of paramount importance for all stakeholders to set aside political differences and act together and immediately to stop the genocide.

"If at any stage, the Burmese government is inclined to peace, then Arsa will welcome that inclination and reciprocate", it added, using the former name for Myanmar.

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday accused neighbouring Myanmar of provoking a "war" amid the Rohingya refugee crisis and said her government avoided the conflict by "exercising restraint".

But UNICEF chief Anthony Lake and UN emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock said in an appeal for $430 million to provide aid that "the needs (of the Rohingya) are growing at a faster pace than our ability to meet them". This week Bangladesh reported 4-5,000 civilians crossing the border each day after a brief lull in arrivals, with 10,000 more waiting at a frontier area.

"The (Myanmar) military and Arsa should sit in a round-table meeting ... there is no point in killing and butchering each other", said Mohammed Idriss, a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh's Kutupalong camp.

The Rohingya muslims are one of the minorities of Burma, a majority buddhist.

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But because of strict laws forbidding citizens of Bangladesh from marrying Rohingya, the couple is on the run.

The Rohingya are regarded as illegal immigrants in Myanmar and most are stateless. "He married a Muslim who took shelter in Bangladesh".

Hasina said Myanmar wanted to create a situation to divert global attention.

Bangladesh had then said it would call the global community for a verification process supervised by the UN.

He added, "When you concentrate too many people into a very small area, particularly the people who are very vulnerable to diseases, it is risky".

"There are stronger possibilities, if there are any infectious diseases that spread, that will spread very quickly", he added, also highlighting fire risks.

Meanwhile, the UNs International Organization for Migration (IOM) is learned to be helping the Bangladesh government in building up shelters at the new camp site.

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