M Mushfiqul Fazal from New York
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) calls on the Bangladesh authorities to continue to allow people fleeing violence in Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, said this at noon briefing on Friday at UN headquarter in New York.
UNHCR said it is concerned about the escalating violence in Myanmar’s Chin and Rakhine States which has reportedly led to internal displacement and to people fleeing to Bangladesh.
The agency stands ready to support the humanitarian response in the affected areas in Myanmar.
UNHCR has also offered its support to the Government of Bangladesh to assess and respond to the needs of people who have arrived and are seeking safety from violence in Myanmar.
The agency is grateful to Bangladesh for its generosity and the leadership it has shown in receiving more than 720,000 refugees from Myanmar since August 2017.