China wants to facilitate Bangladesh-Myanmar dialogue over Rohingya crisis

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 19, 2017

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmar's Rakhine State.

"My observations point to a pattern of widespread atrocities, including rape, gang-rape by multiple soldiers, forced public nudity and humiliation, and sexual slavery in military captivity directed against Rohingya women and girls", UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten said Thursday after a visit to the makeshift refugee camps. Myanmar has faced growing worldwide anger over its treatment of the Rohingya but China has helped shield the country from censure.

"China is willing to facilitate a dialogue between Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the Rohingya crisis". "When the issue of exodus of displaced Myanmar nationals was raised, the Chinese Foreign Minister stated that as a friend China will help resolve the issue and will not be partial to any side", Bangladesh foreign ministry said in a statement after the talks. According to Bangladesh's private news agency UNB, Wang held a briefing for a small number of local media at China's embassy in Dhaka where he said Beijing supports "a proper solution of the problems through bilateral channels".

"I think broad-based economic sanctions against the entire country is not something that I would think would be advisable at this time", Tillerson told reporters during a joint press conference with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyitaw.

Tillerson also stated that the USA would provide more aid to help both Bangladesh and Myanmar address the humanitarian crisis.

More than 100 Rohingya refugees have drowned in shipwrecks and boat capsizes as they fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to a United Nations official. Refugees are penned inside vast, squalid camps, and UNICEF estimates that 25,000 children are suffering from severe malnutrition that could easily become a major killer.

Earlier in the day Wang also met Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and assured her of China's support in solving the crisis.

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed in principle to begin repatriation of the Rohingya but are still tussling over the details.

Hasina mentioned that Rohingyas are Myanmar nationals and they have to take back their citizens from Bangladesh as the relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar are good.

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