UN Security Council envoys hear of rapes, murders from Rohingya refugees

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The United Nations Security Council, after visiting the Rohingya camp here on Sunday, said that there was no magic solution.

"After going back to the NY, we will try to explain the ways and means to speed up the implementation of the agreements signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for the safe, free, voluntary and dignified return of the refugees".

The UNSC delegation yesterday visited the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar and saw the plight of the refugees.

The Kuwaiti diplomat said the Security Council would "try to explore ways and means to speed up implementation of the (repatriation accord) signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for safe, free, voluntary and dignified return of the refugees".

Myanmar has denied all allegations of genocide and said that the violence was a legitimate response to attacks on police and military by Rohingya insurgents.

The U.S., Britain, the United Nations and others described the operation as ethnic cleansing of the minority mainly Muslim Rohingya, a charge Myanmar denies.

Senior diplomats from the 15-member Security Council - including permanent members the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France - arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday for a four-day visit to the camps.

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Peru's ambassador to the U.N., Gustavo Adolfo Meza Cuadra Velasqez, said he and his fellow team members were ready to "work hard" and were "very concerned" about the crisis.

"The situation can not remain without a solution and the message that we are conveying to Myanmar, to refugees themselves, to the rest of the world, (is) that we are determined to find a solution to this crisis", al-Otaibi said.

However, it is still unclear what a repatriating solution would be comprised of, as many Rohingya have no places to return to in their home country. The UN refugee agency and Bangladesh recently finalised a memorandum of understanding that said the repatriation process must be "safe, voluntary and dignified ... in line with global standards".

"We don't want to raise the expectations of what the Security Council can do".

"The problem there lies in their expulsion, treatment and the fact that they had to flee to Bangladesh", she said.

"The global community should keep up pressure on the Myanmar government in this regard", she said.

An agreement to repatriate displaced Rohingya was signed in November but progress has been slow with many rights groups concerned the safety of those returning to Burma can not be guaranteed.

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Thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar, that doesn't recognize them as equal citizens, in the last few months to escape violence.

State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam accompanied the UNSC delegation during the visit.

"This is the message that we want to convey to you".

Some of the Muslim refugees broke down in tears as they told the ambassadors harrowing stories of murder and rape in Myanmar.

Tayab, who was using crutches, said he was shot in his right leg by Myanmar troops. Mr Tayab, 29, said he lost one brother, an uncle and a nephew after Myanmar soldiers shot them dead.

"We've signed an agreement, they (Myanmar) don't deny that they've signed the agreement", she said.

"We told them that we're staying here to save our lives".

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