Publicado: Vie, May 04, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Myanmar army chief denies rape of Rohingya as United Nations visits

Myanmar army chief denies rape of Rohingya as United Nations visits

NAY PYI TAW: 's leader told a visiting United Nations delegation that the country was ready to allow the return of refugees after they complete a verification process, her office said on Tuesday. Theplomats are slated to head to northern Rakhine state on Tuesday. The envoy, who had earlier visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, was quoted by AFP as saying, "In order to have accountability there must be a proper investigation".

That scorched earth policy on the part of the Myanmar government against the Muslim minority saw a mass exodus of refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Afterwards, the delegation met with senior general Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-chief of defence services at the office of the commander-in-chief in the afternoon.

Min Aung Hlaing responded that the army is the only institution that can protect the country and that it will take action against anyone who violates rules and laws.

Around 700,000 Rohingya have fled the troubled area to squalid camps in Bangladesh a year ago as Myanmar's army launched a brutal crackdown following insurgent attacks on security posts.

She called on the worldwide community to put pressure on Myanmar over the Rohingya issue and spoke of meeting representatives of India, China, Thailand, Laos and other countries neighbouring Myanmar on the crisis, bdnews24.com reported.

He also told the delegation that the army has been taking action against soldiers who have been found guilty of raping Rohingya girls and women during the crackdown.

The Rohingya refugees alleged that the Myanmar military engaged in killings, rape and the burning of their villages. Both the U.N. and the United States have said that the campaign amounted to ethnic cleansing.

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Pyone Kaythi Naing, a National League for Democracy lawmaker in the lower house of the national parliament, said the diplomats had planned to meet with six legislators but had to cancel because of a flight delay on account of bad weather.

"The council mission also met with civil society, parliamentarians and government representatives in the Myanmar capital", Dujarric said.

The US representative to the Security Council, Kelly Currie, said Hasina had set "new humanitarian standards for the global community by giving refuge to the Rohingyas".

The U.N. Security Council envoys travelled by Myanmar military helicopters to northern Rakhine on Tuesday, the final day of their four-day visit to the region, flying over burnt and bulldozed villages visible from the air.

The UN spokesperson added that over the weekend, the Council delegation visited Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, where they listened to testimony from refugees at the Kutupalong Camp. "That team met this morning (Monday) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in Dhaka".

"Basically the message we convey is it is very important to improve the security conditions for the return of the refugees, and also collaboration with the worldwide organization, particularly the United Nations", said Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, ambassador of Peru. "There are a lot of agencies apart from the Security Council".

"We will talk to also the officials in Myanmar and we would like to hear from them". "This issue will remain on our agenda and it's one of our priorities". "The return of refugees should be in conformity with worldwide standards", said Kuwait's representative, Mansour Al-Otaibi.

"We are not looking away from this crisis, we are not closing our eyes", he said. "We are not expecting to have to easily solve this problem very quick [ly]".

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