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US aid chief seeks 'concrete steps' by Myanmar on Rohingya rights


Reuters
THET KAE PYIN CAMP, Myanmar
The US government's aid chief urged Myanmar on Sunday to take"concrete steps"to guarantee the rights of Rohingya Muslims and to show sincerity in that endeavour in order to encourage hundreds of thousands who have fled the country to return.
Mark Green, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ended his three-day visit to Myanmar touring Rohingya and Rakhine communities in western Rakhine State, including a camp for displaced Rohingya people.
Green said the refugees, whom he met during the previous leg of the trip in camps in Bangladesh, are fearful and while they want to return, they are asking for their rights and security to be guaranteed before making the decision to come back.
"That reinforces the importance here of clear signs of sincerity of the government's stated position of welcoming back Rohingya in a safe, secure and dignified manner,"Green told reporters.
"We would strongly encourage the government to take those concrete steps which are a demonstration of the ability for Rohingya to return under those conditions,"Green said.

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