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12:00 AM, September 01, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:17 AM, September 01, 2018

UNSC facing 'one of the sternest tests'

Says British minister

A visiting British minister has said the UN Security Council is facing "one of the sternest tests to date" as the UN Fact-Finding Mission report on Myanmar is much more direct and gives clear indication and evidence that warrant discussion of genocidal acts and crimes against humanity.

“This is a legal and judicial matter and there is reference in the past that the Security Council referred such cases to the International Criminal Court,” said Alistair Burt, UK's Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DFID during a press conference at British High Commission Staff Amenities Centre on Thursday.

Burt, who visited Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazaar on Wednesday, said there must be no sense of impunity and there has to be accountability for that what has happened in Rakhine State on the Rohingya minority.

Asked what kind of consequences one can expect at this stage, he gave a broad sense about the duty and mandate of the Security Council.

Replying to another question whether the Myanmar's civilian government led by the Aung Sung Suu Kyi should also be held responsible, he said the UN report blamed the military in Myanmar and they mentioned the names very clearly.

“At this stage that is the line we all should be pursuing,” he said, adding “Suu Kyi and others will have to react now on what the fact finding mission said.”

He said the UK is extremely concerned about the situation and people should be repatriated with safety and dignity. “All refugees say they want to go back home of their origin, and they would not go home unless it is safe, secure and their identity is recognised.”

The British minister thinks there are no “easy and quick” solutions to the ongoing Rohingya crisis, as the problem is not seen the same way by all the neighbours, the countries in and outside the region.

He said the UN fact-finding mission's report presented the evidence of Myanmar's wrongdoings, and now the global community needs to raise voice together to resolve the crisis.

On a question about the next general election, he said UK thinks a participatory election through creating a level playing field is vital. “Everyone must take part in the election. A government's legitimacy is enhanced when everyone participates.”

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