‘Get refugees home, not to camps’: Kofi Annan to Myanmar

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PV International Desk : Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged Myanmar to make sure the Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled in the last two months can go home, and not go to camps, reports Economic Times.

Myanmar government needs to “create conditions that will allow the refugees to return with dignity and with a sense of security” and help them rebuild in violence-wracked Rakhine state, said Annan, who recently headed a commission on the crisis there.

“They should not be returned to camps,” he said after addressing an informal, private Security Council meeting on the issue Friday (October 13).

“They need assistance to get their homes back”, he said.

Myanmar’s UN mission didn’t respond to a request for comment on Friday’s session. The country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said Thursday (October 12) that she had created a committee to oversee all international and local assistance in Rakhine and that the impoverished state needs development.