UK FOREIGN SECRETARY URGES MYANMAR TO TAKE ACTION ON ROHINGYA CRISIS




Şimal Çınar –TDO- On Sunday, The Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson after visiting the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh met the leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's capital. Before the meeting, Mr. Johnson said "The plight of the Rohingya and the suffering they have had to endure is one of the most shocking humanitarian disasters of our time.” Boris Johnson and Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the issue of Rohingya Muslims as the number of refugees at the camp of Cox’s Bazar, a fishing port and a tourism city of Bangladesh, reaches to 700.000. A statement from Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Johnson and Suu Kyi discussed repatriation and developments in Rakhine, the western Myanmar state from where the Rohingya have fled over the past few months.  

Boris Johnson has urged Myanmar's leader to take action on the Rohingya crisis. He said "I spoke to her about my own experience witnessing the terrible conditions of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and my deep concern about their future. I underlined the importance of the Burmese authorities carrying out a full and independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine, and to hold to account those responsible for human rights violations.”

Johnson also stated "I underlined the urgency of creating the conditions in Rakhine that could make it a safe place for the Rohingya refugees to return to, free from fear, and in the knowledge that their basic rights will be respected and upheld” and added "I encouraged her efforts to broker a nationwide peace settlement to put to an end seventy years of conflict in her homeland."

On his country’s role, the Minister said "The UK is already a major donor to the humanitarian crisis. We will continue to use all our diplomatic tools and influence on the global stage to find a way to provide a better future for the Rohingya community.”