US for long-term solutions to Rohingya crisis

Diplomatic correspondent | Published at 12:05pm on May 17, 2018

The US authorities would continue to play role for long-term solutions of Rohingya crisis with safe, voluntary and dignified return of victims of violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar.

USAID administrator Mark Green said this at a discussion in Dhaka on Thursday.

Green, who was on a four-day official trip starting from May 14, visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to hear Rohingya victims on the grounds.

He said he would be in Yangon this afternoon to talk to Myanmar leadership on Rohingya crisis.

Earlier, on Wednesday, Green announced that the US would provide over $44 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh and the people affected by violence and conflict in Myanmar.

About 7,00,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing, since August 25, 2017.

The ongoing Rohingya influx took the number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees in Bangladesh to about 11,16,000, according to estimates by UN agencies and Bangladesh foreign ministry.

The two governments signed three instruments since November 23, 2017, for return of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals sheltered in Bangladesh after October 2016, as the Rohingya exodus from Rakhine State continued.

The government also signed a memorandum of understanding with the UNHCR to facilitate voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya people.