Aid groups urge United Nations rights council session on Rohingya crisis


She visited a refugee camp at Cox's Bazar in the southeast of Bangladesh, accompanied by some other officials, including German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

"Today we are facing a new period of global uncertainty and instability", Aung San Suu Kyi said at the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of foreign ministers in Naypyidaw.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has expressed her hope that Bangladesh and Myanmar would reach a decision to sign an MoU and agreement on the safe repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homeland Myanmar.

On November 1, Myanmar insisted it was ready to set up a repatriation process but voiced fears Bangladesh was delaying an accord to get worldwide aid money.

Myanmar's Catholic cardinal has defended Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi against "unfair" criticism over Myanmar's military crackdown on Muslim Rohingya, and says terming it "ethnic cleansing" is unhelpful and premature.

A diplomatic source said concern has emerged that extremist groups are beginning to infiltrate refugee camps to recruit fighters. China mostly refers to Rohingya crisis as Rakhine state issue, the home of Rohingya people who are mostly Muslims. "China is willing to help and play its part".

Wang urged the global community including the United Nations should create a good atmosphere for the consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar, Xinhua added. Through joint efforts, the ceasefire has been in place, Wang said.

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"The final phase should be to work toward a long-term solution based on poverty alleviation", according to Wang, ascited by Reuters. Stressing that poverty is the root cause of turbulence and conflict, Wang called on the global community to support poverty alleviation efforts in Rakhine state.

"This proposal was approved in Bangladesh by Bangladesh leaders".

Stung by global criticism and accusations of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, Burma's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has said Rohingya who can prove they were resident in Burma would be accepted back.

Rohingyas have been denied citizenship in Myanmar, where many Buddhists see them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Amid a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe, rights groups have accused the Myanmar military of committing atrocities, while foreign critics have blasted Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize victor who leads the country's less than two-year-old civilian administration, for failing to speak out more strongly.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, who is leading a four-member delegation, had bilateral meetings on the sideline with his counterparts from Switzerland, Hungary, Estonia, Finland and United Kingdom, where they exchanged views on the Rohingya crisis, particularly the early return of displaced Rohingyas and stressed the importance of an inclusive and durable solution to the protracted problem.