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Bangladesh tells U.N. Security Council cannot take more Myanmar refugees

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Bangladesh tells U.N. Security Council cannot take more Myanmar refugees

Bangladesh tells U.N. Security Council cannot take more Myanmar refugees

Bangladesh has told the United Nations Security Council that it cannot take any more refugees from Myanmar, some 18 months after more than 700,000 mainly Rohingya Muslims started pouring across the border.

Ed Giles reports.

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Bangladesh tells U.N. Security Council cannot take more Myanmar refugees

It's been 18 months since hundreds of thousands of refugees started pouring into Bangladesh.

The mostly Rohingya Muslims were fleeing a military crackdown in neighboring Myanmar.

But Bangladesh said on Thursday (February 28) - it cannot take anymore.

The United Nations, United States and the UK have described the events in Myanmar that forced more than 700, 000 refugees to flee across the border, as ethnic cleansing.

Myanmar denies those accusations and said its security forces were responding to attacks from militant groups in the region.

Also saying they've been ready to accept returning refugees since January.

But Bangladesh's Foreign Minister on Thursday accused Myanmar of hollow promises and obstructionist approaches - he claims not a single Rohingya has volunteered to return.

And that now - Bangladesh is no longer in a position to accept more refugees from Myanmar.

A Reuters special report in December revealed that officials had built new homes for Buddhists, where the Rohingya Muslims had once lived, making the return of many refugees to their original homes impossible.

Myanmar denies discriminating against Muslims. Western powers on the council lamented Myanmar's government for a lack of action.

The U.N.

Envoy to Myanmar said - quote - "the scale of what has been done to the Rohingya Muslims and the allegations of crimes against humanity really mark this out as one of the most terrible events of this century so far."




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