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Myanmar agrees to let in UN Security Council visit

Myanmar has finally agreed to allow delegates from the United Nations Security Council to visit the country, including conflict-torn Rakhine state after having rejected the UN requests for months, The Irrawaddy News Online reported on Friday (April 7).

Foreign affairs permanent secretary U Myint Thu told The Irrawaddy on Friday of the government’s agreement to allow the UN Security Council visit, but he said that details of where and when they would travel had yet to be worked out and Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN in New York had been assigned to take charge of the negotiations.

U Myint Thu said delegates from neighbouring countries, permanent member states of the Security Council and Singapore as the current ASEAN chair would join the trip.

He added that the delegates would also visit Bangladesh where most of the Rohingya refugees are sheltering in sprawling camps near the border.

The UN has been asking Myanmar to allow the visit since militant attacks on several security posts in northern Rakhine state provoked massive retaliatory clearance operation by Myanmar military that has driven nearly 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh.

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