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Bangladesh Wants 'Safe Zones' to Ease Rohingya Crisis

Bangladesh Wants 'Safe Zones' to Ease Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar rejects this, saying its military is fighting against Rohingya "terrorists".

"In the last two weeks an estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees have sought safety in Bangladesh".

These include: urgent and sustained action to prevent violence, maintain peace, foster reconciliation, assure unhindered humanitarian access and address the issue of citizenship. It was agreed that India will provide assistance under the Rakhine state development programme in conjunction with the government of Myanmar.

There are widespread fears that tens of thousands more could try to cross if the violence doesn't abate.

Writing to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton at the weekend, Senator Di Natale said the state-led persecution of Rohingya people in Myanmar's Rakhine state was escalating, with entire villages being destroyed.

The UN warning came as it emerged the Dalai Lama had written to Aung San Suu Kyi urging Myanmar's de facto civilian leader to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in the mainly Buddhist country.

As Myanmar is witnessing a massive violence between Rohingya militants and the military in Rakhine State since August 25, hundreds of refugees have been escaping to Bangladesh and Malaysia by boat.

Foreign secretary Shahidul Haque told Prothom Alo, "We want Rohingya refugees to go back to their own country and also the implementation of Kofi Annan report's proposals".

Mr Ali said about 10,000 homes had been burned in Rakhine state, a figure that can not be verified as Myanmar has restricted independent access to the state.

Aung San Suu Kyi's government has come in for strong worldwide criticism over the military's treatment of the Rohingya - including the alleged laying of mines along the border to prevent those who fled from returning.

Two top officials of foreign and home ministries told Prothom Alo that the government has urged the worldwide community in the letters to create a "safe zone" inside Myanmar's Rakhine state so that the Rohingya people are not repressed. On Monday, Mr.al-Hussein called such accusations a "complete denial of reality" that was damaging the global standing of a leadership that had benefited from considerable good will as the country emerged from decades of military rule.

"An emergency, food, life support and hygiene package has been prepared by the Red Crescent to be sent to Myanmar", said the head of the organization, Morteza Salimi, according to the ISNA news agency.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council, also crticised India for seeking to deport Rohingyas who have taken shelter in India.

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