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Myanmar turns down UN Security Council visit

Rakhine state

Myanmar’s government has told the Security Council that this month is not the right time for a visit by the top UN body to see first-hand the Rohingya refugee crisis. Kuwait’s Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi said Myanmar authorities were not opposed to such a visit, which could take place in March or April.

Otaibi, who holds the council presidency for February, told reporters at UN headquarters that the council has demanded that hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya who were driven out of Rakhine state during an army crackdown be allowed to return.

The ambassador said Myanmar authorities were trying to organize a visit for diplomats based in the country and had emphasized that tensions are high in Rakhine state at the moment.
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh and are living in refugee camps since August following the campaign that the United Nations has said was tantamount to ethnic cleansing.

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