No sign of radicalisation in Rohingya: Bangladesh Foreign Secretary

Fleeing for their lives

The UN also slammed the level of access granted by Myanmar to the heart of the refugee crisis as "unacceptable".

Worldwide aid groups fear tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain in northern parts of Rakhine are in urgent need of food, medicine and shelter after over a month of military operations.

Almost half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh due to violence in the Rakhine state that has claimed lives of at least more than 100 people and displaced several others.

Charities have warned of a food crisis across the border and say 281,000 people desperately need food, including 145,000 children under five.

On a one-day visit organised by Myanmar authorities, United Nations officials, diplomats and aid groups were flown by helicopter to Maungdaw, epicentre of the violence.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs called for unimpeded access, and said a United Nations team should be able to get on the ground in Rakhine in the next few days.

Thousands of Islamist hardliners marched in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong Friday calling for the government to arm Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing a crackdown in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state.

About 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine are due to arrive this weekend and a vaccination campaign should start on Tuesday.

"It is not only a people's movement but also a security issue, a border issue, which has the potential to destabilise the region, not just areas in Myanmar and Bangladesh", he said.

Bangladesh's Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque is said to have conveyed this to his counterpart S Jaishankar while he was in New Delhi to attend the World Economic Forum meeting.

The lawmakers also echoed comments by the U.N. Human Rights commissioner, saying that the violence against Rohingyas which has led to their mass exodus constitutes ethnic cleansing. To add to it, Haque said that Bangladesh had given a written proposal to Myanmar on the repatriation of the immigrants.

"It is important for the Myanmar security forces to handle the situation with restraint, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population", the Indian representative told the Council's 36th Session as per reports, even as it commended Bangladesh for extending humanitarian aid to such a large number from Rakhine.

No formal action was taken by the Security Council during their September meeting, but U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned the time for words had passed.

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