The United States supports the Myanmar government’s commitment to creating the conditions necessary for all Rohingya refugees to return to their homes safely and voluntarily, and welcomes the recent exchanges between Myanmar and Bangladesh on repatriation, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said, reports Xinhua News Agency.
The local situation in Myanmar has caused “tremendous suffering and forced hundreds of thousands of men, women and children to flee their homes” and to seek refuge in Bangladesh, Tillerson said in a statement posted on the website of the U.S. State Department on Wednesday.
“This is a difficult and complex situation. Many stakeholders must work together to ensure progress,” he said.
In a teleconference later on Tuesday, two senior State Department officials said on condition of anonymity that the United States was looking at “additional sanctions targeting individuals responsible for specific acts of violence.”
“This current crisis was touched off by attacks that were perpetrated on Aug. 25 by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army against more than 20 military posts inside Myanmar,” said one of the officials.
Earlier this month, Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi urged solving the Rakhine issue in three ways – focusing on a diplomatic approach, reconstruction for development and security for the local