Annan Commission on Rohingya

Published:  01:34 AM, 14 September 2017

EU for executing recommendations

The European Union (EU) has called upon the Myanmar authorities to implement the recommendations of Annan Advisory Commission to resolve the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State. In separate developments, the US has urged Myanmar to stop the atrocities on Rohingya Muslims and the UN has urged the international community to keep aside politics over the refugees. EU meanwhile announced additional humanitarian aid of 3 million euro to address the most pressing needs of Rohingya civilians.

The funding comes on top of the 12 million euro announced in May when Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides visited Rakhine.  This additional funding will help provide emergency shelter, water, food and health assistance for newly arrived refugees in Bangladesh and people in need in Myanmar, as soon as humanitarian access to the latter is restored. Federica Mogherini, high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, came up with the call in a statement  at Brussels on Monday.

"I am following the dramatic developments in Rakhine State and at the border region in Bangladesh closely. The European Union has raised its concerns as recently as last Friday in direct contacts with Myanmar government members," she said.

"As I stated in my statement a few days ago, the priority is now to obtain immediate humanitarian access again, and to address in parallel the root causes of the conflict by implementing the Annan Advisory Commission recommendations to this end," Mogherini, also the vice-president of the Commission, said in the statement.

"On both accounts we were reassured that there will be implementing steps this week, which I expect to happen," said Mogherini adding EU has been in close contact with Bangladeshi authorities and stepping up its humanitarian engagement there, reports UNB.

In a separate development, the US has urged Myanmar to stop Rakhine violence, end displacement of civilians from all the communities and respect rule of law as it reiterated its condemnation of those attacks and ensuing violence.  "The United States is deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in northern Rakhine state in Burma, where at least 300,000 people have fled their homes in the wake of attacks on Burmese security posts on August 25," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"We are alarmed by the allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, burning of villages, massacres, and rape by security forces and by civilians acting with these forces' consent," she said, according to a US embassy statement issued yesterday.

Meanwhile, the UN has urged the international community to keep aside politics and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh who fled violence seeking safety here. "I think the entire international community should support the ongoing humanitarian efforts, regardless of politics. These are people in need. These are very vulnerable people who have crossed the border, who've, as we said, are hungry and are malnourished and deserve to be helped," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, at a press briefing.

He said the reports they are getting and the pictures they are seeing are the heartbreaking ones to say the least. Across the border in Myanmar, humanitarian colleagues continue to be concerned about reports of continuing violence, fires and displacement of tens of thousands of people in Rathedaung Township in Rakhine State.

Most aid activities on the part of UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations across northern Rakhine remain either suspended or severely interrupted, although some assistance is being delivered by the government and through the Red Cross.

The UN and its partners continue to offer support to the government to meet the needs of all the affected communities and are liaising with authorities to resume humanitarian operations as soon as possible.

-AA News Desk

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