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News code: 24157
Published Date: Monday 4 December 2017 - 10:53:09
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‘Myanmar marks greatest tragedy of the age’: UN ASG

 ‘Myanmar marks greatest tragedy of the age’: UN ASG
World  - Ursula Mueller, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the tragedy faced by Muslims in Myanmar was the greatest human tragedy of the time.

Ursula Mueller of Germany, who serves as Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (DERC) in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, made the remarks at the end of a four-day visit to Turkey's Gaziantep.

She explained that the tragedy experienced by Muslims in Myanmar was the greatest human tragedy of the time. "The basic human needs of both Myanmar and Bangladesh must be met. Military operations there must be concluded as soon as possible, and voluntary repatriation of refugees should be ensured."

Mueller said the world was facing a serious humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.

"We say very clearly that this tragedy must be brought to an end and therefore the basic human needs of the refugees there must be met, while the military operations there must be terminated as soon as possible and the return of the refugees coming from the region should be provided voluntarily," she emphasized.

The official went on to assert that the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has been very clear about these calls, and world organizations are continuing to do what they can to meet needs of Muslims in Myanmar and to tackle the tragedy.

Mueller touched upon the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to repatriate potentially hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to their homes in Rakhine State and explained that "a dialogue has been launched and the solution seems to be to stop military operations and ensure that the return is safe and that those returning are living in safe areas."

News Code: 24157
Published Date: Monday 4 December 2017 - 10:53:09
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