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01:37 PM, October 07, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:57 PM, October 07, 2017

Rohingya crisis: India, EU ask Myanmar to work with Bangladesh

India and the European Union have asked Myanmar to implement the Kofi Annan Commission report over Rohingya issue and work with Bangladesh to enable them to return to the Rakhine province.

A joint statement issued after talks in New Delhi yesterday among Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker did not mention the word ‘Rohingya’.

It said, “Both sides took note that this violence was triggered off by a series of attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants which led to loss of lives amongst the security forces as well as the civilian population.”

India and the EU stressed the need for ending the violence and restoring normalcy in the Rakhine state without any delay.

They urged the Myanmar authorities to implement the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations and work with Bangladesh to enable the return of the displaced persons from all communities to northern Rakhine state."

 The joint statement said India and the EU also recognised the role being played by Bangladesh in extending humanitarian assistance to the people in need.

The call by India and the EU to Myanmar to implement the Kofi Annan Commission report came on a day when Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said Dhaka wants the report to be implemented in its entirety and without any pre-condition. 

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