Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

India calls for restraint by Myanmar in handling Rohingya crisis

India calls for restraint by Myanmar in handling Rohingya crisis

The Pakistan Foreign Office on Saturday summoned Myanmar's ambassador and recorded its protest over the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

But he acknowledged that Bangladesh was suffering due to the situation developing across the border.

Biren said: "The global border with Myanmar is porous and all steps have been taken to check any attempt to sneak into Manipur". There are an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees in India; spread across Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan and Delhi.

A villager said hundreds of Rohingya ran from Pa Din village on Monday after the security forces arrived in the village, fired guns and set houses on fire.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday her government was doing its best to protect everyone, but she has drawn criticism from around the world for failing to speak out about the violence and the Muslim minority, including calls to revoke her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

Cellphones to reach out to separated relatives, bags of spices that remind them of home, solar panels to bring a little light to their ragged tents, these are what the terrified, starving, exhausted Rohingya are carrying as they escape the violence in Myanmar, reports the Associated Press.

In the past, some Muslims from Myanmar had entered Manipur illegally and they are now in prison.

Combined with a refugee population that fled earlier cycles of killings and burnings of villages in Rakhine, the new number means that close to 700,000 Rohingya refugees are concentrated in southeastern Bangladesh, where camps and settlements for displaced people are overflowing and humanitarian resources are being stretched very thin, according to United Nations and local officials.

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Sitharaman added that the fulfilment of the requirements of the defence forces was her first priority as the Defence Minister. The second woman defence minister after Indira Gandhi was in Goa and Uttarlai airbase in Barmer in Rajasthan at the weekend.

Rohingya had to leave behind the vast majority of their livestock.

"It is unfair for affected parties to inflict more cost to Malaysia to manage and to receive these people when they should be allowed fundamental and universal rights that have been denied to them", he said.

"As part of durable settlement of the problem, there should be swift implementation of the recommendations of Kofi Annan Commission which calls for urgent and sustained action to prevent violence, maintain peace, foster reconciliation, assure unhindered humanitarian access and address the issue of citizenship", she added.

Najib also told reporters that he was considering raising the Rohingya issue when he holds talks with U.S. President Donald Trump next week, but he said the Rohingya issue had to be resolved "at the source".

It published its findings in August.

But within hours of the report's release, renewed fighting broke out sparking the latest exodus.

Rohingya refugees making their way along a muddy path through a padi field after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

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