UN urges Myanmar to end ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council have urged Myanmar authorities to end violence against Rohingya Muslims.

Talking to media at the United Nations, the Secretary General termed the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state as an example of ethnic cleansing.

He said that one-third of the Rohingya population has been compelled to flee the country.

The Security Council which also met behind closed doors to discuss the situation in Myanmar agreed to publicly condemn the prevailing situation in Myanmar.

The Council expressed concern about excessive violence during security operation in Rakhine state and urged Myanmar government to take immediate steps for ending the violence.

Meanwhile, twelve Nobel Peace Laureates, including Malala Yousafzai and international personalities, have sent an open letter to UN Security Council urging it to intervene for ending the Rohingya crisis.