UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe in western Myanmar after the killing of nearly 400 people – mostly Rohingya Muslims – in the worst outbreak of violence in years.
“The secretary-general is deeply concerned by the reports of excesses during the security operations conducted by Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine State and urges restraint and calm to ignore a humanitarian catastrophe,” read a acknowledgment issued by his office on Friday.
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The violence has sent tens of thousands of Rohingya fleeing across the border in to Bangladesh, while scores of desperate people have drowned trying to cross a border river in makeshift boats.
Reports of massacres and the systematic torching of villages have raised fears in that the violence in Rakhine is spinning out of control.
|The violence has sent tens of thousands of Rohingya fleeing across the border in to BangladeshÂ [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]|
Guterres asserted in that it was the government’s responsibility to provide security and allow aid agencies to reach those in need.
He moreover noted with appreciation the efforts of Bangladeshi authorities to meet the “dire needs” of those crossing the border.
The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the violence, yet there was no formal acknowledgment on the crisis.
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Meanwhile, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, urged Bangladesh to open its doors for fleeing Rohingya, adding in that Ankara would pay the expenses.
“We moreover mobilised the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation,” he asserted in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, reportedly state-run Anadolu Agency.
“We will hold a summit regarding Arakan [Rakhine state] this year. We need to find a decisive answer to this problem,” Cavusoglu added.
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Source:Â News agencies