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New UN envoy to pay first visit to Myanmar

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The new UN for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, will pay her first visit to the country beginning tomorrow, holding talks on human rights and the Rohingya refugee crisis, the UN said.

The former Swiss to who was appointed in April will meet with authorities, "ethnic armed organizations", and religious leaders, a UN statement said today.

Following her visit to Myanmar, Schraner Burgener will travel to where 700,000 Muslim Rohingya are sheltering in camps after being driven from their homes by an army campaign.

has said the military operation launched in August in northern Rakhine state is aimed at rooting out extremists.

After fleeing persecution, the Rohingya living in camps are now at risk from landslides triggered by the monsoon rains. A three-year-old child died in his sleep early Monday when a mud wall collapsed on his family's shelter.

The last week signed a deal with to allow access for its agencies to carry out assessments in Rakhine state, which has been largely closed to outsiders since the crisis began.

The sent a letter to Myanmar in late May asking the government to cooperate with UN experts to investigate allegations of atrocities against the Rohingya.

Myanmar has refused to allow a fact-finding mission set up by the to enter the country, and has barred UN rights expert

The council visited Myanmar and Rakhine state in early May, meeting with refugees who gave detailed accounts of killings, rape and torching of villages at the hands of

In the letter, the council said it remained "gravely concerned" by the situation and asked that Myanmar respond within 30 days to its requests for steps to address the crisis.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 23:30 IST