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UNSC urges to create conditions for Rohingya return

MNA Exclusive Desk: The UN Security Council urged Myanmar’s government on Monday to step up efforts to create conditions that will allow Rohingya Muslims who fled a violent crackdown to safely return to the country from neighbouring Bangladesh.

The council stressed in a statement following closed briefings that progress is also needed by Myanmar on implementing agreements on relations with the UN refugee and development agencies and with Bangladesh on returning Rohingya, reported news agency.

Security Council members again stressed “the importance of undertaking transparent and independent investigations in allegations of human rights abuses and violations.”

The new UN special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said Myanmar’s leaders want to bring Rohingya back to Rakhine state, but there are not only divisions between the government and Rohingya, but divisions between that Muslim minority and the rest of Rakhine’s mostly Buddhist population.

The council “stressed the need to step up efforts, including through providing assistance to the social and economic development, in order to create conditions conducive to the safe, voluntary and dignified return of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes in Rakhine state.”

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