Rohingya refugees plead for help as UN Security Council envoys visit camps

UN council visits Myanmar as it eyes action on Rohingya crisis

UN team visits Bangladesh to get a firsthand look at the plight of Rohingya Muslims

Following their visit to the refugee camps in no man's land in Konarpara and Ukhiya's Kutupalong on Sunday where they interviewed the Rohingyas, the delegates said the gravity of the situation is bad, but it is not possible to solve the problem overnight. The United States, Britain, United Nations and others described the operation as ethnic cleansing of the minority mainly Muslim Rohingya, a charge Myanmar denies.

"I am here to talk to them, we want justice from them", he said of the diplomats.

The 15-member panel has been trying for months to get to Myanmar and see first-hand northern Rakhine State - just across the border from Bangladesh - from where the refugees have fled.

"We are here to learn more about the situation in order to see how [what] we can do", Velasqez, Peru's ambassador to the United Nations, said at a news conference after visiting the camp. After visiting refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, the team will meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Russia's ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, told reporters that the diplomats would not look away from the crisis, but added that finding a solution would be no easy task.

"This is a very complicated issue ... we need to work together to address this issue", he told reporters, stressing that the violence in Rakhine first had to stop. The Muslim population in Rakhine has either been decimated or fled to Bangladesh.

The Cox's Bazar region of Bangladesh already had been playing host to hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who had fled Rakhine State before the August 25 incident.

Now Aid agencies are scrambling to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees from crowded camps in Bangladesh ahead of the monsoon season in June.

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He said the UNSC team is touched by the stories of Rohingyas and realised that the root cause of Rohingya crisis lies in Myanmar.

The lack of a UNSC resolution to bring sanctions or an arms embargo against Myanmar over its treatment of the Rohingya has drawn much criticism, including from New York-based Human Rights Watch.

Some of the Rohingyas are seen displaying placards that read: "We want justice", "Welcome to UNSC delegation" and "Not Bangali, Yes Rohingyas".

Earlier, the state minister of foreign affairs briefed the UN Security Council on a crisis that has been with Bangladesh for decades and called for consensus of the Security Council.

He mentioned that when they will go back to NY, they will try to explore ways and means to expedite the implementation of the agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for safe, free, voluntary and dignified return of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar.

However, while the Security Council is united on travelling to the region, diplomats said they expect Myanmar ally China and Russian Federation - both veto-wielding powers on the council - to resist any push for stronger council action, such as sanctions or a referral of the situation to the International Criminal Court.

Ahead of the visit, an global analyst told UNB that Bangladesh needs to provide "strong and unassailable evidence" backed up by documents to make its case before the UN Security Council delegation.

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