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Diplomats from 40 countries visit Rohingya camp

Diplomats from 40 countries visit Rohingya camp
A diplomat talks to some Rohingya children at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar on September 13, 2017Dhaka Tribune

Lauding Bangladesh’s efforts in helping the refugees, the diplomats have urged Myanmar to stop the persecution and bring back peace

A delegation of 67 foreign diplomats met with displaced Rohingya from Myanmar during a visit to the Kutupalong Registered Camp in the Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali had announced the trip on Monday, saying it would help the diplomats to see for themselves the humanitarian crisis faced by Bangladesh due to the fresh Rohingya influx.

The ambassadors, high commissioners, chargés d’affaires and head of missions of 40 Dhaka-based embassies, foreign missions and agencies left the capital in the morning and arrived in Cox’s Bazar by plane at around 11am.

Then they took the road to go to Kutupalong camp, arriving at around 12:30pm.

Talking to reporters afterwards, the diplomats lauded Bangladesh’s efforts in giving shelter to so many people and for providing them with necessary assistance.

They also expressed concern over the refugees’ condition and said they will urge the Myanmar government to stop the persecution of the Rohingya and to restore peace to its restive Rakhine state.

The latest exodus of the Rohingyas from Rakhine began on August 25 after the security forces launched a brutal counter-offensive to insurgent attacks on a number of security posts and an army base that day.

Since then, about 379,000 Rohingyas have crossed over to Bangladesh, according to the office the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The diplomatic delegation to Ukhiya was escorted by the top three officials of the Bangladesh foreign ministry: Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, State Minister Shahriar Alam, and AH Mahmood Ali.

The delegation visited different blocks of the Kutupalong refugee camp and spoke to many refugees to learn about their ordeals at the hands of the Myanmar army.

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