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Time to address root causes of Rohingya crisis: UNHCR
11 : 00 AM - 14/02/2018
New York, Feb. 14 (BNA): "It is time to address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis, including the decades of repression inside Myanmar, so those who fled feel safe enough to return to their homeland," United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said.
"We are now in a race against time as a major new emergency looms," he told the UN Security Council (UNSC) from Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
"Kutupalong area in Bangladesh is now the largest refugee settlement in the world, and with the monsoon season to start in March, 107,000 refugees are estimated to be living in areas prone to flooding or landslides," Grandi noted.
"The Bangladeshi Government is steering a massive emergency preparedness effort, but international support must be stepped up to avert a catastrophe," he said, stressing, "as we have repeatedly said, resolving this crisis means finding solutions inside Myanmar." He affirmed that "conditions are not yet conducive to the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar."
The refugee crisis erupted in August when Myanmar armed forces launched a security operation in the north of Rakhine State, driving thousands of children, women and men to flee over the border to Bangladesh in search of safety.


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BNA 0752 GMT 2018/02/14


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