Rohingya crisis may 'destabilise' region: Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque


Refugees in Bangladesh are packed into overcrowded United Nations and makeshift camps along the Myanmar border at increasing risk of disease.

"Our stance on this crisis is to motivate the global community, to continue our dialogue with Myanmar, and to support Rohingya Muslims, who see Turkey as their only hope".

Almost half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh due to violence in the Rakhine state that has claimed lives of at least more than 100 people and displaced several others.

The OIC had made a stand that the refugees should be allowed to return safely to Myanmar and that Naypyidaw should take concrete measures to handle the deadly conflict which had occurred mainly in the Rakhine province which borders Bangladesh.

Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, minister for disaster management and relief, said all the Rohingya would eventually be moved from 23 camps along the border and other makeshift camps around Cox's Bazar to the new zone.

The news came as Bangladesh minister of Road Transport and Bridge Obaidul Quader said during a visit to Cox's Bazar the Rohingya refugees were an "unbearable burden" to his country.

"Our position is very clear, the problem has been created in Myanmar and the solution has to be found in Myanmar", Haque said at a press conference. "We want them to take back their citizens to their own homeland", he said.

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Northern Rakhine has been torn apart by violence since August 25, when raids by Rohingya militants sparked a massive army crackdown that the United Nations says is tantamount to "ethnic cleansing".

Since then, refugees pouring in from Myanmar have brought tales of death and destruction in their homeland, including villages burned to the ground and women and children being murdered.

Myanmar's military have blamed the unrest on the Rohingya.

Turkey doesn't have any expectations, but is helping Rohingya Muslims just because of "our humanitarian stance", a Turkish diplomat said after his one-day visit to the region on Monday to see conditions there.

Either way, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a special meeting of the Security Council in September the crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh was spiraling into "a humanitarian and human rights nightmare".

"When we were flying over northern Arakan [Rakhine state], I saw many villages that were completely destroyed", he told, adding that only five Muslim villages in the Rathidaung district were habitable.

Local BJP members are fuelling resentment against Rohingya refugees, often dubbed as the world's most persecuted people. The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi, but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.