Egypt seeks UNSC meeting to discuss violence in Myanmar
Saturday 23/September/2017 - 06:46 PM
Egypt، France، Britain، the United States and three other countries on Friday asked the UN Security Council to meet next week to discuss the ongoing violence in Myanmar that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee in under a month.
The call for the meeting comes after fresh violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state with 20 homes catching fire and a bomb blast near a mosque.
The seven countries including Egypt، Kazakhstan، Senegal and Sweden want UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to brief the council on Myanmar’s military campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.
The Ethiopian presidency of the council said it was holding consultations to set a time for the meeting.
The UN says more than 420،000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of the army campaign in Rakhine that includes rape and the burning of villages.
The military operation was sparked by attacks carried out by Rohingya fighters on police posts on August 25.