Rohingya crisis: Myanmar says adhering to law solution to Rakhine State upheaval

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"The humanitarian situation is catastrophic", Guterres said, adding that almost 380,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh.

On Wednesday, the flight of the Rohingya Muslims prompted a rare rebuke from the UN Security Council.

The government has said that 176 out of 471, or 37.4 percent of all Rohingya villages were now empty of people, and an additional 34 villages were "partially abandoned".

"As UK based INGOs we call on the British government to press for an end to violence and to use its global influence to encourage the Government of Myanmar to fulfil its obligations regarding ensuring humanitarian access and the protection of all civilians".

While the Security Council was meeting, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters that ethnic cleansing is taking place against the Rohingyas.

Conditions are worsening in the border town of Cox's Bazar where the influx has added to pressures on Rohingya camps already overwhelmed with 300,000 people from earlier waves of refugees.

Hasina said that Bangladesh has given shelter to the Rohingyas only on humanitarian grounds, and Myanmar must accept them as its nationals.

Bangladesh's foreign ministry in the capital summoned the charge d'affaires of Myanmar's embassy and warned that the encroachments could lead to "unwarranted consequences".

"The humanitarian situation is catastrophic", Guterres said.

The September 5 program included a brief clip from a UN Refugee Agency official recounting hardships of those fleeing the country, which Judy Woodruff then followed up (you might say countered) with "army officials in mostly Buddhist Myanmar say they're responding to attacks by Rohingya insurgents".

At least 26 villages had been hit by arson attacks in the Rohingya majority region, the rights group said, with patches of grey ash picked up in photos marking the spot where homes had once stood. A top United Nations official had earlier said a previous United Nations target of US$77 million (S$104 million) would be inadequate to deal with the crisis.

The latest outbreak of violence in Rakhine state was sparked last month by a series of alleged attacks by Rohingya militants on government border posts.

Suu Kyi's appearance at last year's General Assembly was a landmark: her first since her party won elections in 2015 and replaced a military-dominated government.

Mr Guterres was asked whether he agreed with United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein that what is happening in Rakhine State is ethnic cleansing.

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