Erdogan Urges UN Intervention to End Violence against Rohingya Muslims

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Ankara, MINA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the United Nations to take urgent action to stop wide-scale violence against Rohingya Muslims.

The Anadolu News Agency (ANA) reported that Erdogan’s call came in a phone conversation with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday.

It noted that the Turkish president asked the UN chief to put pressure on Myanmar’s government over violence in Rakhine State which has reportedly displaced or killed thousands of Rohingya Muslims.

Erdogan stressed the great importance of urgent intervention by the UN and the international community to stop the crisis, a presidential source told ANA.

The Turkish leader said it was “unacceptable” that the Myanmar security forces attack innocent Rohingya Muslims or use disproportionate force against civilians.

Erdogan stated Turkey was providing humanitarian aid and was ready to provide further assistance in the region.

For his part, Guterres thanked Erdogan for his sensitivity on the issue and gave information about ongoing efforts and contacts established in order to end the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), nearly 3,000 people were killed and over 18,000 displaced due to the brutal security and army violence against the Muslim minority. (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)