Exclusive: U.N. will not help Myanmar with long-term camps for Rohingya – document

Source: Reuters

BY Poppy McPherson

YANGON (Reuters) – The United Nations’ refugee agency will not provide humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar if they are interned in camps, according to an internal position paper circulated days before the initial repatriation is due to start.

FILE PHOTO: A view from outside Taung Pyo Letwe reception camp near the border with Bangladesh, in Rakhine state, Myanmar

FILE PHOTO: A view from outside Taung Pyo Letwe reception camp near the border with Bangladesh, in Rakhine state, Myanmar, during a trip by United Nations envoys to the region May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Michelle Nichols/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: A view from outside Taung Pyo Letwe reception camp near the border with Bangladesh, in Rakhine state, Myanmar, during a trip by United Nations envoys to the region May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Michelle Nichols/File Photo

The confidential briefing paper, dated this month and reviewed by Reuters on Tuesday, outlines the position of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the repatriation process, and reflects a desire not to be drawn into supporting long-term camps for the Muslim minority.

A UNHCR spokeswoman said it did not comment on leaked documents.

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