In Brief: Influx has come to a halt: Bangladesh

Influx has come to a halt: Bangladesh

COX'S BAZAR • The flood of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh has come to a virtual halt almost a month after violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state and sent nearly 430,000 people fleeing across the border.

Officials gave no reason for the dramatically reduced numbers.

However, Rohingya Muslim leaders said it could be because villages located near the border in Myanmar's Rakhine state were now empty.

Bangladesh Border Guard commanders said yesterday that hardly any refugees are now seen crossing on boats from Myanmar or trying to get over the land border.

In the past two weeks, there have been up to 20,000 people a day entering Bangladesh. "The wave is over," said Bangladesh Border Guard commander S.M. Ariful Islam.

The UN said it will release updates on the numbers of refugees entering Bangladesh once a week, rather than daily.


UN council seeks briefing on situation

NEW YORK • Seven members of the United Nations Security Council have asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the 15-member body this week on the violence in Myanmar he described as ethnic cleansing.

Sweden, the United States, Britain, France, Egypt, Senegal, and Kazakhstan want Ethiopia, the president of the council for September, to arrange the briefing this week, according to the request seen by Reuters.

Diplomats say the Security Council could consider adopting a formal statement if the situation does not improve, but China and Russia are unlikely to agree to stronger action that would require the adoption of a resolution they could veto.

A UN Security Council resolution would need nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, the US, Britain and France.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 24, 2017, with the headline 'In Brief'. Subscribe