Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Some More Progress . . .

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) says it has persuaded Myanmar to allow Islamic countries and organizations to provide assistance to Rohingya Muslims displaced by sectarian violence in the Southeast Asian country.

On Friday, an OIC delegation and President Thein Sein held talks in Rangoon on the "deplorable humanitarian situation in Rakhine state" and Myanmar agreed to the OIC proposal, the 57-member organization announced on Saturday, AFP reported.

The OIC delegation told Thein Sein that Islamic humanitarian organizations were ready to provide assistance to all residents of the strife-torn state.

Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas as Myanmarese citizens and classifies them as illegal migrants, although the Rohingyas have resided in the country for centuries.

Myanmar President Thein Sein said on July 19 that the “only solution” to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims is to send the nearly-one-million-strong community to refugee camps run by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “We will send them away if any third country would accept them,” he added. “This is what we are thinking is the solution to the issue.”

However, the UN refugee agency has rejected the idea of setting up refugee camps to accommodate the Rohingyas.

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