PV Desk : United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener has said the Rohingya crisis requires a political solution and stressed the importance of accountability for the crimes committed.

During her three-day visit to Bangladesh, she underlined the need for greater international assistance to the refugees and host communities for addressing the harsh conditions they continue to face and also in terms of mitigating the monsoon risks.

Burgener plans to visit New York next week to brief the Security Council and visit Myanmar again in early September.

Following the joint visit of the UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank to Bangladesh earlier this month, the Special Envoy discussed the plight of the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar and expressed her sincere appreciation to the government and people of Bangladesh, particularly the host communities, for the efforts to accept and provide assistance to the people seeking refuge from violence.

In Cox’s Bazar, she visited the sprawling refugee camps and heard from the people accounts of unimaginable atrocities committed in Rakhine State, said a concluding note of her visit issued on Wednesday.

The Special Envoy was deeply moved by their personal stories and their strength.

Despite these serious violations of human rights, they expressed to the Envoy their hope to return home if security could be guaranteed and citizenship provided.

In all discussions during the visit, the Special Envoy also emphasised the importance of accountability for the crimes committed.