Top-level UN team meets Myanmar leader in Rohingya probe

Source: Associated Press

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Ambassadors from the U.N. Security Council probing Myanmar’s crisis over its ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority met Monday with the country’s leader and military chief after visiting Bangladesh, where about 700,000 Rohingya who fled military-led violence live in refugee camps.

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The 15-member delegation co-led by Security Council President Gustavo Meza-Cuadra met in Myanmar’s capital with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and military commander Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. They are to travel Tuesday to Rakhine state, the area from which the Rohingya fled and where hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas remain.

They are expected to see the aftermath of the army’s crackdown there as well as the government’s preparations for taking back the refugees from Bangladesh.

“The ministers will discuss in detail the repatriation of the refugees agreed by the two countries and resettlement plans for the returnees,” Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Myint Thu told The Associated Press. He said ambassadors and deputy ambassadors from the 15 Security Council nations would be taken to refugee reception centers as well as villages in northern Rakhine.

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