United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged Myanmar government to end its military campaign against the Rohingya Muslims.
He made the remark to publicly condemn the situation in Myanmar at a meeting of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday. This was the second time UNSC sat for discussing Rohingya crisis since it occurred.
In the meeting, Antonio called the situation “catastrophic” and “completely unacceptable”, and acknowledged the Buddhist-majority Myanmar was ethnically cleansing the Muslim-minority.
According to UNHCR, at least 3,70,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks after Myanmar Army started their operation against Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25.
“I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and recognise the right of return of all those who have had to leave the country," the UN chief said at the press conference in New York, reports the Aljazeera
On Monday, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein denounced the situation in Myanmar as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft also attended the meeting and said that it was the first statement from the Security Council on Myanmar in nine years.
However, Myanmar's national leader Aung San Suu Kyi cancelled the UN General Assembly - which is scheduled to be held next week - to deal with the Rohingya crisis.
Suu Kyi has been widely condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in the face of the crisis, denting the Nobel peace laureate's reputation.
The secretary-general also said he has spoken to Suu Kyi several times.