According to a U. N. diplomat who asked for anonymity, Britain has drafted a resolution to set a timetable for the return of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh and to clarify Myanmars responsibilities, Reuters reported Wednesday. However, the draft does not include referring the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court.
Last August, the Jocairo Hingya Salvation Army attacked 30 police posts in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, and government forces launched a large-scale counterattack. After that, about hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas fled their homes and flooded into neighbouring Bangladesh.
The diplomats said the draft resolution warned that the 15-member Security Council might take further action, including sanctions, if Myanmar did not do anything about it. The resolution also requires United Nations officials to report regularly to the Security Council.
It is not clear whether and when the draft resolution will be voted on. A resolution can only be adopted if the Council has nine votes in favour and the five permanent members of the Council have no veto.
However, according to Reuters, Russias ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, said on Monday, I dont think this resolution is appropriate, timely and useless.
The draft resolution was circulated among members of the United Nations Security Council at the end of last month and has been discussed for several rounds.
On December 12, the Myanmar government announced that it would take back the first 2,200 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh on the 15th. On September 27, the United Nations Headquarters in New York held a meeting on Myanmars Rohingya refugees hosted by China, which reached three important consensus, one of which was that Bangladesh and Myanmar indicated that they were ready to repatriate and receive the first batch of refugees.
At the end of last year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed a three-stage solution to the Rakhine issue in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, which was endorsed by the Bangladesh side and received a positive response from the Myanmar side.
Source of this article: Peng Mei News Responsible Editor: Zhang Xianchao_NN9310