Myanmar urged to hold 'proper' probe into alleged atrocities against the Rohingya

UN Security Council members Mansour Ayyad Al Otaibi from Kuwait Gustavo Meza Cuadra from Peru Joanna Wronecka from Poland and Karen Pierce from Great Britain speak at a press conference in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw

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Kuwait's ambassador to the UN Mr Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi told reporters yesterday that the Security Council wants refugees to return to their homes in Rakhine State, but this can not take place until Myanmar officials remove conditions and restrictions on their return.

"Sexual violence [is] considered as despicable. according to the tradition, culture and religion of the country", Hlaing said, adding the government is ready to receive any refugees who wish to return to Myanmar.

Both the U.N. and United States have said that the campaign, which forced almost 700,000 Rohingya to flee to safety in Bangladesh, amounted to ethnic cleansing.

There were two ways to establish a full probe, "one is an ICC (International Criminal Court) referral", she said.

Al-Otaibi stressed the necessity of United Nations involvement in the repatriation process and negotiations between Myanmar and the United Nations refugee agency on potential cooperation.

An ICC prosecutor asked the worldwide tribunal in April to rule on whether the court can exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of the Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh, even though Myanmar is not a member of the ICC.

Myanmar signed an agreement with Bangladesh on the return of displaced people from Bangladesh in November a year ago, announcing a readiness to start the process on January 23.

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In the letter, the U.S. president said those in Myanmar who instigated the Rohingya crisis must be held accountable.

UN Security Council members (from left) Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi from Kuwait, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra from Peru, Joanna Wronecka from Poland, and Karen Pierce from Great Britain speak at a press conference in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, May 1, 2018.

Government officials have denied the military's complicity in instigating violence against the Rohingya, though pledged on Tuesday to take "harsh" action against any perpetrators of sexual violence.

Some of the refugees broke down in tears as they told harrowing stories of murder and violence in Myanmar. "What we really want is just to speed up the process of the ... safe and voluntary, dignified return", he said. "Inaction or ineffective action from the worldwide community risks many lives in Burma", he said, using Myanmar's former name.

That campaign launched last August in the mainly Buddhist nation sparked the exodus of Rohingya into Bangladesh.

Before they began their two-day visit to Myanmar, the delegation members spent three days in Bangladesh visiting refugee camps and meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Pierce said council members had raised the need for an independent inquiry during separate meetings with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Nay Pyi Taw on Sunday.

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