United Nations envoys meet with Myanmar leader over refugee crisis

A demonstration by the group. Image Credit The British Rohingya Community  Facebook

The envoys visited camps on Sunday, where distraught refugees pleaded for help ahead of the coming monsoon season.

A team representing the UN Security Council on Sunday visited Rohingya refugees trapped in squalid camps along the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh in a bid to assess what is being seen as one of the worst crises of its kind in the world.

Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of mainly Buddhist Myanmar, has been pilloried overseas for her failure to speak up for the Muslim Rohingya or publicly condemn the army for driving them out of the country.

The United Nations migration agency - the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) - appealed for urgent financial support to prepare the area in southern Bangladesh against floods and landslides.

The premier said Bangladesh expects China, Russia, India and Japan to play a major role in resolving the Rohingya crisis. This solution can not come very quick.

"This is a very complicated issue ... we need to work together to address this issue", he told reporters, stressing that the violence in Rakhine first had to stop.

He said that without more funding, neither new shelters nor replacements would be available to those who lost homes during storms.

The UN was able to secure just nine percent of $951 million needed for the rescue mission. Of that, United States dollars 182 million allocated to provide Cox's Bazar with assistance through December 2018 is facing a shortfall of nearly USD 151 million.

McCue said though aid staff was working round the clock, without funds they are helpless.

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They highly appreciated Bangladesh for its generosity saying Bangladesh opened its door and heart for the Rohingyas.

"If significant funding is not secured in the next few weeks to keep operations running, there is a high likelihood that many children, women and men may die, when they could have otherwise been saved", McCue said.

Today she chaired a meeting of 15 United Nations delegates, according to a Ministry of Information photograph, as the United Nations tries to put more pressure on Myanmar to allow refugees to return safely.

New York, Apr.29 (BNA): Kuwait will be an integral part of the UNSC delegation tasked with inspecting and evaluating the status of some 700,000 Rohingya refugees and displaced in Myanmar and Bangladesh, a senior Kuwaiti diplomat has said.

"The situation is still dire and hard [for] the refugees", he said.

To date, the joint response plan for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis, launched in mid-March, is only nine per cent funded.

Thousands of refugees gathered at the Kutupalong camp to welcome the visiting delegation.

The Security Council, meanwhile, has yet to vote on an official resolution to exert global pressure on Myanmar, although the United Nations and United States - another permanent UNSC member - both branded a brutal military crackdown in Rakhine state that drove almost 700,000 Rohingya to seek shelter in neighboring Bangladesh since last August as "ethnic cleansing".

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