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UN urges aid access for displaced in Myanmar

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The UN for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy on Wednesday urged authorities to guarantee access for humanitarian assistance and to find solutions for the 270,000 people displaced due to conflicts in their regions.

emphasized the rights of those displaced to return voluntarily to their homes, "in safety and in dignity, or resettle to another place of their choosing", in a statement on released after she concluded a six-day visit to

The mission included a visit to Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where some 700,000 people need humanitarian assistance, including 128,000 of the Rohingya and minorities living in camps since 2012 after sectarian violence broke out with the Buddhist-majority Rakhine inhabitants, news reported.

The UN said that "we must do more together to address the root causes of displacement and vulnerability" of the Rohingya, a minority community whose citizenship the authorities do not recognize.

"It is critical that the strategy be implemented in a way that addresses the root causes of displacement. The closure of camps must be linked to improvements in freedom of movement and access to services and job opportunities," Muller said.

"Muslim people living outside of camps, whose freedom of movement and ability to access health and education is severely restricted, are facing extremely difficult circumstances," she added.

Myanmar's military offensive in Rakhine, which was condemned worldwide for its human rights abuses, was described as "ethnic cleansing" by the UN and led to the exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya to neighbouring

Mueller also expressed concerns over the rise in violence between the -- a guerrilla group of the minority Rakhine -- and the which has led to over 30,000 people being displaced in the last six months.

She praised the humanitarian assistance operations by local and international organizations to assist more than 200,000 people.

During her visit, Mueller met Myanmar's Aye and de facto of the government with whom she said she exchanged views to improve the cooperation of aid for those who need it most.



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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 13:06 IST