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UN Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees Volker Türk on Wednesday concluded his visit to Myanmar by calling on the government to allow unrestricted humanitarian access to needy communities and the voluntary and dignified return of refugees.
During his meeting with officials, the Assistant High Commissioner urged the Government to ensure a safe environment and protect all communities in Rakhine State. He also called for unrestricted humanitarian access to enable relief organizations to provide life-saving assistance and build confidence among needy communities.
Turk reiterated the right of return for the hundreds of thousands of refugees who had fled from Rakhine State to Bangladesh; he appealed for a safe, voluntary and sustainable return to their places of origin.
Turk welcomed the government's initiative to hold a joint workshop with UNHCR on international standards for voluntary repatriation on 31 October.
The Assistant High Commissioner confirmed UNHCR's readiness to support the Government and hoped that the workshop would be a step towards involving the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Government's voluntary repatriation plans.
Turk also welcomed the renewal of the Government's commitment to the speedy implementation of the recommendations of the Rakhine State Advisory Committee and said that those recommendations provided an important road map for moving forward.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stressed the need to alleviate the suffering of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
It called on the international community and member states of the United Nations to stand against violations against them and to urge the government of Myanmar to respect its international obligations and commitments.
This came in the kingdom's statement today at the United Nations commenting on the report of the crimes committed against the Rohingya. The statement was delivered by the Organization Affairs Officer of the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom to the United Nations Faisal Al-Haqbani.
The Saudi official said that the kingdom had been one of the first countries to support the cause of the Muslims of Myanmar in international forums and organizations.
He added that "Since 1948, my country has started to host them, and now they are more than 300,000 living in the kingdom ...
The Kingdom is also one of the first countries to intervene in the Muslim Rohingya minority crisis through King Salman Humanitarian Relief and Humanitarian Center and has sent more than 100 tons of aid to Rohingya in Bangladesh ... The Kingdom has also provided approximately 66 million dollars in support for Rohingya refugees over the last 10 years and has committed $ 20 million."
King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) signed here today a joint cooperation pact with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
The agreement was co-signed by Dr. Abdullah bin Abdualziz Al-Rabiah, Consultant at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of (KSRelief), and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
This agreement aims to enhance strategic cooperation and partnership between the two organizations.
Following the signing ceremony, Dr. Al-Rabiah disclosed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supported the affected people in 38 countries through providing 232 relief and humanitarian programs in addition to hosting 561,911 Yemeni visitors (refugees), 262,573 Syrian visitors (refugees) and more than 300,000 Barmawis.
For his part, Grandi stressed that KSRelief is the first center organization visiting the Rohingya camps to assess the situation there in addition to other examples in Yemen and Syria, pointing out to a cooperation between the two sides to support the Syrian refugees and displaced people in neighboring states.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that an estimated 2,000 Rwhanga refugees arrive daily at the Cox-Bazar camp in Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State.
"Relief agencies are warning of a severe food shortage, which could soon lead to widespread malnutrition," FAO spokesman Joel Millman told a news conference on Friday.
For his part, the spokesman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR is seeking an additional $ 84 million urgently over the next six months to help more than half a million ROHINGEE refugees in Bangladesh, and emergency assistance will focus on the protection of refugees Shelter, water and sanitation and strengthening the capacity of host communities in the south-east of the country.
As refugee populations continued to grow, alleviating the overcrowding of the existing camps, Kutupalong and Nyabara, was also a priority. The population of the two camps is now double the pre-crisis number.