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Deputy assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump visits Kutupalong refugee camp

The Burma Times: (Dhaka)

Deputy assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump Lisa Curtis visited one of the Rohingya refugee camps and observed the situation of refugees on March 3, our sources said.

Deputy assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump Lisa Curtis said that the United States would look for accountability and prevent further atrocities against the Rohingyas, when visiting Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar for Bangladesh after insurgent attacks on Aug. 25 sparked a military crackdown that the United Nations and the United States have said amounted to ethnic cleansing, with reports of arson attacks, murder and rape.

Repatriation was due to begin in January under an agreement signed by Myanmar and Bangladesh. But the plan has stalled due to safety and logistical concerns, and meanwhile Rohingya continue to flee across the border.

The United States imposed sanctions on 13 “serious human rights abusers and corrupt actors” in December including Myanmar general Maung Maung Soe, who oversaw the crackdown against the Rohingya.

Lisa Curtis is likely to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Security Adviser to the Prime Minister Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique and Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque during her visit, diplomatic sources said.

She said her government and the international community are looking for ways to help improve the situation and ensure the safe return of Rohingyas to their homes in Myanmar.

“Their (Rohingyas) desire is consistent that they want to go to their homes and their homes are in Myanmar. The world is working now to ensure their safe return in a dignified manner.”

US Ambassador Bernicat in Dhaka has said the US administration has been “very vocal and critical” about Myanmar over the Rohingya issue.

Bernicat said the US administration is very strongly behind Bangladesh and very complimentary for Bangladesh. ##


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