Thursday, 5 August 2021

Antonio Guterres to visit Bangladesh on Rohingya crisis

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Bangladesh on Sunday with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to assess needs for dealing with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar, leading to a humanitarian crisis.

The two-day visit will “highlight the generosity of Bangladesh in hosting the largest refugee influx of 2017 and the need of the international community to do more,” said a statement from the UN.

From August to December 2017, more than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya, a Muslim minority, fled an offensive by Myanmar troops launched in reprisal for attacks on border posts by Rohingya rebels.

The United Nations said the visitors would “lay the groundwork for further dialogue” with Bangladesh on medium-term planning for the refugees and on the need for “comprehensive solutions” to their plight.
In Dhaka, the two visitors will meet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other top officials.
On Monday, Guterres and Kim will visit refugees and aid workers at the Cox’s Bazar encampment on the southeastern coast.
The delegation also includes UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Natalia Kanem, executive director of the UN Population Fund.

They will study prospects for “a safe, voluntary and dignified return” of refugees to Myanmar, the UN said.

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