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Myanmar Rejects Bangladesh’s Initiative on Safety Zone Along Border – Official

© AP Photo / Todd PitmanIn this Friday, March 17, 2017, image made from video, people who identify themselves as Rohingya, walk at the Dar Paing camp, north of Sittwe, Rakhine state, Myanmar. More than 120,000 Rohingya were forced into camps five years ago, and their suffering may have only worsened since Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rose to power in Myanmar last year.
In this Friday, March 17, 2017, image made from video, people who identify themselves as Rohingya, walk at the Dar Paing camp, north of Sittwe, Rakhine state, Myanmar. More than 120,000 Rohingya were forced into camps five years ago, and their suffering may have only worsened since Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rose to power in Myanmar last year. - Sputnik International
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A senior Myanmari official told the Myanmar Times newspaper that the government had rejected Bangladesh's initiative to create a safe zone on Myanmar’s border to ensure the safety of Rohingya refugees.

BANGKOK (Sputnik) – Myanmar rejected Bangladesh's initiative to create a safe zone in Myanmar’s border area to ensure the safety of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence, U Zaw Htay, the director general of the State Counsellor Office told the Myanmar Times newspaper on Thursday.

The proposal was sent by Bangladesh last week via the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

"The government rejects the plan to create a safety zone," the official said adding that such zone, if created, would fall under the international control.

In late August, insurgents of Rohingya origin attacked security posts in the state of Rakhine. The attacks prompted a violent response by Myanmar's authorities, resulting in clashes and the death of hundreds of people while forcing thousands of others to flee to Bangladesh. The violence was condemned by many countries, including Russia.

 

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