Over half million Rohingya fled Myanmar, 2000 per day, says UN

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"I sat down with 24 women who had also fled", he said.

A number of aid agencies are also warning of acute shortages of food for weak and hungry refugees arriving in Cox's Bazar, which may malnutrition soon, IOM said.

He said the Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar's armed forces, "has enormous responsibility to stop the violence" and address security threats in a "proper manner".

The visiting diplomat said a solution to the Rohingya crisis lies within the domestic framework of Myanmar and said the government of Myanmar has to take back the people who had to flee.

The status of Rohingya in Myanmar remains unsettled where they are denied citizenship and classified as illegal immigrants.

The joint statement said both sides took note that the violence was triggered by a series of attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants which led to loss of lives amongst the security forces as well as the civilian population.

The attacks prompted a vicious response by Myanmar's authorities, resulting in clashes and death of hundreds of Rohingya, while hundreds of thousands have fled the conflict area.

The government statement said the 17,000 Rohingya have been fleeing Buthidaung since September 26 because they are concerned about their survival, health, and security as a minority ethnic group and that their Muslim relatives in Bangladesh had asked them to come so they could all live together within the same clan.

Around 2,000 Rohingya refugees a day have been still arriving in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar in a bid to flee violence in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, United Nations said on Friday. There are now more than 800,000 refugees living near Bangladesh's border with Myanmar. Lowcock said talks between Myanmar and Bangladesh on a repatriation plan were a useful first step.

The BGB DG said, "This is a problem in Myanmar and this is not our problem".

The group repeated their demand that Rohingya be recognised as a "native indigenous" ethnic group, adding that all Rohingya people should be allowed "to return home safely with dignity.to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development". "So, we are mounting the campaign against the touts", he said.

Former Labour MP Chris Carter is the United Nations official in charge of Rakhine State. "Every time the government agrees we can go back, then we're there and they break their promise".

Rights groups say more than half of more than 400 Rohingya villages in the north of Rakhine State have been torched.

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