Dhaka A United Nations Security Council team visiting Bangladesh promised on Sunday to work hard to resolve a crisis involving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to the country to escape military-led violence in neighboring Myanmar.
The Associated Press reported that the diplomats, who visited the sprawling camps and border points where about 700,000 Rohingya have taken shelter, said their visit was an opportunity to see the situation firsthand.
Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said he and his fellow team members would not look away from the crisis after their visit, though he warned that there are no simple solutions.
It’s very necessary to come and see everything at place here in Bangladesh and Myanmar. But there is no magic solution, there is no magic stick to solve all these issues, he said at a news conference at the Kutupalong refugee camp in the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar.
British Ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce said the Security Council would continue to work on enabling the refugees to return to Myanmar, but that the Rohingya must be allowed to return under safe conditions.
Peru’s Ambassador to the UN Gustavo Adolfo Meza Cuadra Velasqez said he and his fellow team members were ready to work hard and were very concerned about the crisis. I think we have witnessed the magnitude of the refugee crisis and very tragic situation of some of the families.”
Thousands of refugees gathered amid scorching heat at the Kutupalong camp to welcome the visiting delegation. They carried placards, some of which read We want justice.
The diplomats, comprising representatives from the five permanent Security Council members and 10 non-permanent member states, talked to some 120 refugees, including rape victims. They will conclude their three-day visit to Bangladesh on Monday when they leave for Myanmar.
Source: International Islamic News Agency