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Address root causes of Rohingya crisis, says US envoy to Myanmar

December 07, 2018 00:00:00

US Ambassador in Bangladesh Earl R Miller has urged Myanmar to address the root causes of Rohingya crisis expressing strong support to hold accountable those responsible persons for the atrocities committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar, reports UNB.

"It's Myanmar's responsibility to address the root causes of the refugee crisis, including providing the Rohingyas access to citizenship, freedom of movement, access to livelihoods, and other key recommendations of the Annan Commission," he said.

The US envoy made the remarks in a statement as he completed his first visit to Cox's Bazar on Thursday during which he visited several Rohingya camps and Bangladesh host communities from December 04.

He heard heartbreaking stories from recently arrived refugees and consulted with UN and government officials and NGO representatives on current issues and future challenges in the refugee response.

The visit to Cox's Bazar by US Ambassador in Bangladesh signifies the importance of the Rohingya refugee issue to the United States, said the US Embassy in Dhaka.

He described Bangladesh as a strategic US partner in the region and characterised the strong US-Bangladesh relationship as one driven by common interests.

Ambassador Miller highlighted US sanctions against five Myanmar military and border guard police generals as well as two Myanmar military units.

He welcomed Bangladesh's continued commitment to returns that are fully voluntary, safe, dignified, and based on informed consent.

The US has provided nearly $346 million to assist Rohingyas and host communities in Bangladesh affected by the displacement since the current crisis started in August 2017, said the US Embassy in Dhaka.

In addition, the US contributes more than $200 million annually in development assistance.

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