UN Secretary-General Guterres urges Bangladesh to allow Rohingya fleeing the violence to seek safety
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 29-Aug-2017

New York, August 29: The recent upsurge of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has left many innocent people dead and compelled many to be relocated. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the civilians over there. It appealed for appealed for neighboring Bangladesh to allow fleeing Rohingya to seek safety.

"(The Secretary-General) calls for humanitarian agencies to be granted unfettered and free access to affected communities in need of assistance and protection. The United Nations stands ready to provide all necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Due to recent upsurge, Myanmar military also intensified operations against insurgents. That has led to clashes. The trapped civilians tried to fly to Bangladesh but border guards tried to push back refugees. The death toll reached over 100 among who most were insurgents. The frequent conflict of Muslim and Buddhists has set the poorest state of Myanmar on fire several times. To the leader Aung San Suu Kyi, this is the biggest challenge in Myanmar’s new democratic rule.

"Recognizing that Bangladesh has hosted generously refugees from Myanmar for decades, the secretary-general appeals for the authorities to continue to allow the Rohingya fleeing violence to seek safety in Bangladesh;" the UN statement added.

Though the role of Myanmar authority has been criticized by international leaders, Rakhine State information department said the ministers went to at least five villages in two days and provided necessary assistance and medical kits for fleeing ethnic people. Myanmar’s Minister for Social Welfare and Resettlement Win Myat Aye said that they discussed with security forces the safety of all ethnic people.