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UN chief urges Bangladesh to allow fleeing Rohingyas

| Updated: October 24, 2017 04:19:59

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the Bangladesh to continue to allow the Rohingyas fleeing violence to seek safety in Bangladesh from Myanmar.


UN Secretary General made the appeal recognising that Bangladesh has hosted generously refugees from Myanmar for decades.


“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric quoted the UN boss as saying, reports UNB on Tuesday.


“The United Nations stands ready to provide all the necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard,” he said.


The Secretary-General fully supports the recommendations of the report by Kofi Annan and urges the government to effectively implement them, he said.


This latest round of violence comes after the attacks on Myanmar security forces on August 25.


The Secretary-General reiterated the importance of addressing the root causes of the violence.


He said the responsibility of the government of Myanmar to provide security and assistance to those in need, according to the statement issued on Myanmar. 


“Many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded,” said the Spokesperson.


The UN chief called for humanitarian agencies to be granted unfettered and free access to affected communities in need of assistance and protection. 

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