UN Security Council delegation has asked Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to guarantee the safe return of Rohingya refugees. The team of UN ambassadors from 15 countries and others arrived in Myanmar on Monday for inspections.
They met Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw. Myanmar’s government says she repeated that her country is ready to accept Rohingya returnees.
Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, announced that the country’s government will investigate suspected military-led violence against the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority.
Since fighting broke in August last year between Rohingya militants and Myanmar’s security forces, the United Nations estimates that over 690,000 Rohingya residents have fled from Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine to neighboring Bangladesh.
A UN Security Council delegation comprising ambassadors to the United Nations from 15 countries made a first visit to Rakhine on Tuesday. The group inspected facilities prepared by the Myanmar government for the Rohingya refugees’ return.
At a news conference after the inspection, Britain’s ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, said the delegation told Aung San Suu Kyi that the truth about the suspected violence against Rohingya Muslims must be made clear, by an international organ or the Myanmar government conducting a credible investigation.
In reply, Aung San Suu Kyi indicated that the Myanmar government itself will do the investigation, if there is evidence of such violence.
Meanwhile, Pierce pointed out that it would be difficult for Myanmar alone to have the nearly 700,000 refugees return home safely and smoothly. She stressed that involvement of the United Nations will be necessary.