Britain, France, America along with five other countries on Wednesday (7/2), called on the UN Security Council to discuss the fate of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees expelled from Myanmar, [AFP]
The Security Council will convene Tuesday (13/2) ) to hear the report of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi about the crisis caused by the military crackdown in Rakhine, Myanmar in August last year.
The other five countries are Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Equatorial Guinea .
The hearing was held nearly three months after the Security Council issued a statement requesting Myanmar to control its security forces and allow refugees to return to their hometowns. More than 750,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar whose Buddhist majority is predominant. Refugees accuse the army of killing, raping and burning their villages.
Last month Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to repatriate Rohingya refugees within two years. But the United Nations expressed concern that UNHCR was not involved in the deal.
Kuwaiti Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi said the Myanmar government refused the arrival of Security Council envoys to Rakhine on the grounds that 'the timing was not right'. [as/al]