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Britain، Sweden urge UN to end Rohingya plight

Wednesday 13/September/2017 - 10:05 PM
Sada El Balad
Britain and Sweden have urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to call for an end to Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

Myanmar’s military stepped up a crackdown on the Rohingya on August 25، after dozens of police and border outposts in Rakhine allegedly came under attack by an armed group that is said to be defending the rights of the Rohingya. The latest crackdown has forced about 380،000 Rohingya Muslims to flee.

The top UN body was scheduled to meet at about 1600 GMT on the Rohingya crisis but diplomats said they expected China and Russia to object to a tough response.

British Deputy UN Ambassador Jonathan Allen told reporters، "We need to see an end to the violence. We need to see immediate and widespread access to humanitarian aid and relief for the people of Burma (Myanmar) and the people of Rakhine."

Swedish Ambassador to the UN Olof Skoog said he hoped for a "unified outcome" and "clear messages about what needs to happen now." He said that the message should be that "the military campaign that we have seen is stopped and that there is full respect for human rights and international humanitarian law."

The meeting، which was held at the request of Britain and Sweden behind closed doors، comes two weeks after a similar session that yielded no formal statement. PressTV



Edited by Ahmed Mohsen

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