State Dept. official to travel to Myanmar after Rohingya attacks

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Quoted by The Independent, UNICEF communications chief for south Asia Jean-Jacques Simon said it was hard to imagine what the "streams" of people crossing had witnessed.

She made her debut before the United Nations assembly last September, winning warm applause for a speech delivered months after she became Myanmar's first civilian leader in decades.

This came after renewed violence in the Rakhine state, which occurred between security forces and Rohingya militants after the latter staged raids on police posts.

This development comes days after Bangladesh briefed India about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.

Earlier on Thursday the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on the "military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately cease the killings, harassment, and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes".

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The letter was written ahead of a Security Council meeting on the issue, tentatively scheduled for Thursday. "We are urgently appealing for more funds", he said.

The Secretary-General also said he has spoken to Suu Kyi several times.

Tens of thousands of refugees are trapped on the border into Bangladesh without basic food and medicine amid operations by the Myanmar military, which have already killed hundreds.

The UN said the Myanmar army's violent crackdown was a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", and called for "immediate steps" to end the violence. "We have heard them saying, 'No Rohingya in Myanmar.' But we will go back", Arif said.

"I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and recognise the right of return of all those who had to leave the country", the secretary general told a press conference. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize victor garlanded for her dignified and defiant democracy activism under Myanmar's former junta, was once the darling of the global community.

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"One is the current situation in Rakhine state". Hasina further said she would raise the Rohingya issue at the UN General Assembly in NY later this month.

But she is facing sharp criticism for her response to the violence against Rohingya in the country.

But refugees say the security operation is aimed at pushing the Rohingya out of Myanmar.

They have lived in Myanmar for centuries and their ethnic group was recognized by what was then Burma after it gained independence from the British in 1948.

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