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Turkish PM terms persecution on Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim talking with a Rohingya at Balukhali Rohingya Refugee camp in Cox's Bazar’s Ukhiya upazila on December 20, 2017. Photo: Star

Terming the atrocities on Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state “ethnic cleansing”, visiting Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim today called upon the global organisations to work together for ensuring their safe return to their own country.

The Turkish PM said this while talking to journalists around 11:00am after visiting Balukhali Rohingya Refugee camp in Cox's Bazar’s Ukhiya upazila

The Turkish prime minister visited the camp in order to see the plight of Rohingyas fleeing from a military crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state since August 25.

Binali accompanied with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and other officials also inaugurated a medical centre and handed over two ambulances to the Balukhali camp and distributed food among the refugees during his visit.

Some 655,000 Rohingyas have crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh since August 25.

On September 7, Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan visited the Rohingya camp and said what is happening in Myanmar's Rakhine State is "tantamount to genocide" and solution to Rohingya crisis lies in Myanmar only.

She also affirmed that the government of Turkey will stand beside the Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh in the face of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar's Rakhine.

(c) 2017 The Daily Star

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