Washington: The US wants Myanmar to set conditions for the return of Rohingya Muslims as it believes that this “humanitarian catastrophe” can be used by some as a way to foment hatred along religious lines and then violence, a senior Trump administration official has said.
Nearly 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State where the army has launched a crackdown against militants.
Myanmar does not recognise Rohingya as an ethnic group and insists that they are Bangladeshi migrants living illegally in the country.
“It is a very significant humanitarian and security concern. Because there are those who will use this humanitarian catastrophe as a way to foment hatred along religious lines and then violence,” the senior administration official told PTI.
“So, it’s important for Myanmar to do more, to set conditions for the return of refugees,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. PTI