Myanmar takes foreign diplomats into conflict-torn Rakhine

Obaidul Quader

"We can not be afraid to call the actions of the Burmese authorities what they appear to be: a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority", she said, referring to the country by its former name, Burma.

"The two sides have agreed to a proposal to set up a joint working group to coordinate the repatriation process".

Lalzirliana said that security forces guarding the borders were instructed to step up vigil along the Mizoram-Myanmar border and Mizoram-Bangladesh border.

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh: The World Food Programme (WFP) appealed on Sunday for $75 million in emergency aid over the next six months to help alleviate the suffering of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar. Win Myat Aye, Myanmar's union and social welfare minister, told UNHCR's Executive Committee meeting in Geneva: "Our next immediate priority is to bring back the refugees who have fled to Bangladesh", Reuters reported.

Jamalida is one of the thousands who fled Myanmar to escape the atrocities faced by Rohingya Muslims and are now seeking refuge in Bangladesh because they are unable to return to their homes. "In an atmosphere where everyone is trying to prove their secular credentials by sympathising with Rohingya Muslims, the pains of Hindu Rohingiyas has gone unnoticed", the BJP leader wrote.

There has been an exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine state since August 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has branded "ethnic cleansing".

"We have received news about possible terror attacks in ethnic villages in south and north of Maungdaw", he said.

"We call once more for unimpeded humanitarian access to northern Rakhine and resumption of life-saving services without discrimination throughout the state", it added.

Dozens of monks from Sri Lanka's majority Buddhist community led a mob that barged into a UN-run safe house for Rohingya Muslims and attacked them, claiming that they were terrorists and should be sent back to Myanmar.

"The Rohingya fled to Bangladesh without any legal documents and it is hard to prove their identity", he told AFP.

Bangladesh's foreign minister said Monday that Myanmar "has made proposals for taking back Rohingya refugees".

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