New York(October 12, 2017): The Security Council will on Friday hold an informal meeting on Myanmar to hear former UN chief Kofi Annan provide details of a report on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, diplomats said.
The UN’s top political affairs official, Jeffrey Feltman, will travel to Myanmar on Friday for four days of talks on the crisis.
More than 500,000 people, mostly Rohingyas, have since late August fled an army campaign in Myanmar’s Rakhine state that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to the military campaign, access for aid groups to reach the burned-out villages in Rakhine state and measures to allow the safe return of the Rohingya.
“Mr. Feltman will be holding consultations with Myanmar to address these urgent issues,” said a UN official.
In late August, Annan presented the final report of an advisory commission on Rakhine state that he chaired at the request of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.