Rohingya solution lies in Myanmar, keep supporting BD: UNHCR

14 Feb,2018

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has reiterated that solution to the Rohingya crisis lies in Myanmar and sought significant support for Bangladesh which is severely affected by the crisis.

"As we have repeatedly said, resolving this crisis means finding solutions inside Myanmar. However, while these are pursued, as they must be, significant support will be required in Bangladesh," he said.

Grandi made the remark while making his statement at the United Nations Security Council briefing on Myanmar in New York on Tuesday. He joined from Geneva through videoconferencing.

He said humanitarian action and funding must be sustained, but longer term support will also be required to help the government reinforce the local infrastructure and economy, and ensure access to opportunities for refugees and the communities hosting them.

The UN Refugee Agency chief made it clear that conditions are not yet conducive to the voluntary repatriation of Rohingyas.

"The causes of their flight have not been addressed, and we have yet to see substantive progress on addressing the exclusion and denial of rights that has deepened over the last decades, rooted in their lack of citizenship," Grandi said.

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