UN Security Council to survey Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

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The Prime Minister also said the repatriation process of the Rohingyas has to be done under the supervision of the United Nations.

"We will go back and we do not want to raise the expectations of what the Security Council can do", he said adding that the delegation will talk to the government officials in Myanmar too. In doing so, they are facing up to one of the U.N.'s most significant failures of recent years.

The Security Council, meanwhile, has yet to vote on an official resolution to exert worldwide pressure on Myanmar, although the United Nations and United States - another permanent UNSC member - both branded a brutal military crackdown in Rakhine state that drove almost 700,000 Rohingya to seek shelter in neighboring Bangladesh since last August as "ethnic cleansing". Kuwait's Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi said the visit was not about "naming and shaming" Myanmar, but that "the message will be very clear for them: the global community is following the situation and has great interest in resolving it".

Rohingya population flocked to meet the delegation - five permanent members from China, France, Russia, UK and the USA, and 10 other non-permanent members - at Kutupalong camp, wielding posters and demanding safe repatriation back to Myanmar.

The rally on Sunday coincided with a four-day visit by the UN Security Council representatives to Bangladesh and Myanmar to see firsthand the aftermath of state-sponsored violence against the minority Muslims in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which has been denounced by the world body as "ethnic cleansing".

The refugee crisis exploded about eight months ago when the Myanmar military launched a crackdown over Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts.

Britain's United Nations ambassador Karen Pierce said the Rohingya "must be allowed to go home in conditions of safety".

"We've signed an agreement, they (Myanmar) don't deny that they've signed the agreement", she said.

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The UN envoys first visited Konarpara camp, a no man's land between Bangladesh and Myanmar where some 6,000 Rohingya have been trapped on bleak scrubland since the bloodshed began past year.

It requests Dollars 951 million to help respond to the needs of some 1.3 million people, both Rohingya refugees and vulnerable members of the host community, until December 2018. The camp's Rohingya leader Dil Mohammad said the UNSC delegation met and spoke with some women victims of the violence in Rakhine, as well as community elders.

The Security Council asked Myanmar in November to ensure no "further excessive use of military force" and to allow "freedom of movement, equal access to basic services, and equal access to full citizenship for all".

"This is the message that we want to convey to you".

Myanmar has said the military operation in Rakhine was mounted to root out extremists and has rejected almost all allegations that its security forces committed atrocities.

Kuwait's Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi said the visit was not about "naming and shaming" Myanmar, but that "the message will be very clear for them: the global community is following the situation and has great interest in resolving it".

"This is a humanitarian crisis and a human rights issue", Kuwait's ambassador to the UN, Mansour al-Otaibi, told reporters before flying to Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw.

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