UK minister welcomes UN report on Myanmar army’s atrocity

DHAKA, Aug 29, 2018 (BSS) – Visiting the UK’s FCO-DFID Joint Minister of State Alistair Burt today welcomed the UN’s Fact-Finding Mission report on Myanmar saying that it would help ‘change’ the current level of consensus at the international level for sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis.

He made the comments during a meeting with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam at his office at foreign affairs ministry here today.

The UK Minister observed that the ‘severity the report’ will be a big test for the international community how they would respond to the accountability aspects of the Rohingya crisis, including sustainable repatriation of more than one million Rohingys who want to go back to Myanmar.

The UK Minister was debriefing his Bangladesh counterpart on his visit to the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazaar in the morning.

Minister Burt expressed satisfaction at the noticeably improved physical infrastructure in the camps, including strong coordination between different UN and other agencies.

He also deeply appreciated the sacrifices made by the host community in welcoming and sharing scarce resources and opportunities with the Rohingya people. ‘Bangladesh response to the Rohingya crisis was extraordinary’, he said.

Shahriar Alam thanked the UK government and people for all out support for the Rohingya crisis, including strong role at the UN Security Council.

He expressed optimism that upcoming UN General Assembly would provide an opportunity to carry forward the international efforts to find concrete ways to resolve this protracted crisis.