US: Rohingya issue tough for Bangladesh


PV International Desk : The United States has acknowledged the burden on Bangladesh as it shelters hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
“I know it is a difficult situation for Bangladesh, as it is for any country, to absorb refugees,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a regular press briefing in Washington on Thursday.
She said the issue was something that “we care about deeply here”.
“We are deeply concerned by the troubling situation in Burma’s northern Rakhine State.”
“We, again, condemn deadly attacks on Burmese security forces, but join the international community in calling on those forces to prevent further violence and protect local populations in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights.
“We urge all in Burma, including in the Rakhine State, to avoid actions that exacerbate tensions there. We call on authorities to facilitate immediate access to affected communities that are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” spokesperson Nauert added.
Myanmar’s security forces have reportedly been attacking the Rohingya Muslims in a bid to push them out of the western state of Rakhine.
The attacks have intensified since Aug 25 when Rohingya Muslim insurgents allegedly launched armed attacks on police and military posts in Rakhine.