A delegation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) arrived in Cox’s Bazar Saturday afternoon for a first-hand assessment the brutalities that the Myanmar Rohingya have faced in the Rakhine State and steps taken by the government of Bangladesh to aid them.
Current UNSC President Gustavo Meza-Cuadra is leading the delegation. After an overnight stay, they will visit the Kutupalong camp on Sunday morning.
After the visit, the press will be briefed around noon. Afterwards, the delegation will leave for Dhaka. Later on Sunday evening, a reception will be held in their honour at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden Hotel.
They will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Monday morning and will leave Dhaka afterwards for Myanmar.
The delegation arrived Saturday afternoon and was received by State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and acting Foreign Secretary Rear Admiral (retd) M Khurshed Alam in Cox's Bazar.
They exchanged opinions with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of UN agencies, Cox's Bazar Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC) Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam and representatives of law enforcement agencies on Saturday evening.
The UNSC visit was originally scheduled for April 27-28.
Over 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh, and the influx, though reduced in recent weeks, continues despite Myanmar's assurances of stopping violence in Rakhine.
The joint response plan for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis, launched in mid-March, to date, is only 9% funded. It requests $951 million to help respond to the needs of some 1.3 million people, both Rohingya refugees and vulnerable members of the host community, until December 2018.