In a phone conversation, Çavuşoğlu informed Bangladeshi officials that Turkey will shoulder any financial burdens if Bangladesh opens its borders for Rohingya refugees.
"We are providing all sort of aid to our Rohingya brothers. God willing, we will take concrete steps towards resolving this issue. Our president is sparing no effort towards that end. Last evening, he spoke with his İndonesian and Malaysian counterparts. And he spoke with the UN General Secretary. Following his instructions, I will speak today at around 16:00 with the former UN General Seretary and special representative Kofi Anaan. We are also pressing for action in the Islamic Cooperation Organization. We will devote a summit this year for the Rakhine state. We must find a final solution for this crisis."
Bodies of 16 Rohingya Muslims wash ashore in Bangladesh
Sixteen Rohingya Muslims died after a boat carrying people trying to reach Bangladesh capsized in the Naf River. The people on the boat were trying to flee the attacks by the Myanmar army and Buddhist nationalists in the Rakhine state, according to Muhammed Main Uddin Han, a police officer in Teknaf, Bangladesh.Han said 15 dead bodies of those who were on the boats were found near the river by Bangladesh Border Guards. Stating that four of them might have been shot, Han noted one more dead body from the boat was found at different location near the riverside. A total of 39 Rohingya Muslims have died so far as drowned in the Naf River, according to latest statements.Video: Rohingya Muslims plunge into river to escape Myanmar violenceThey struggle to reach Cox's BazarRohingya Muslims cross the Naf River, a border between Myanmar and Bngladesh, as a means of escape of the persecution they have faced for years. They aim to reach Teknaf, a district of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, across the river, and then head to the city center of Cox’s Bazar, where Rakhine refugee camps are located. The Myanmar army last week killed many Rohingya Muslim civilians in the Rakhine state in the aftermath of the ongoing attacks under the pretext of counter-terrorism. More than 60 villages were targeted in the attacks, and dozens of them were burnt and destroyed. Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are trying to escape from Rakhine in a desperate bid to save their lives.Turkey calls for end to violence in Myanmar‘Humankind is insensitive’ to Myanmar violence: Erdoğan‘Myanmar wants to completely destroy Rohingya Muslims’
Turkey calls for end to violence in Myanmar
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim Friday called on international community to help stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State.“International community should be more active and should abandon different [double] standards on this subject,” Yildirim told reporters in Istanbul on the first day of Eid Al-Adha.Eid al-Adha, known as the feast of the sacrifice, recognizes Ibrahim’s submission to God in his willingness to sacrifice his son.Turkey has been doing its part to send humanitarian aid to the suffering people and in order to put an end to violence, he said.‘Humankind is insensitive’ to Myanmar violence: Erdoğan“We, one more time strongly condemn this massacre… ,” the prime minister said, adding “Those, who have done this [violence], will be accountable before the humanity sooner or later.”The other ministers’ Eid messages also focused on the ongoing violence.“The world and the United Nations have enough power to stop cruelty in Rakhine,” Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag told Anadolu Agency in the eastern Erzurum province.Speaking to reporters in northwestern Kocaeli province, another Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Isik said that it is unacceptable that the world is “unfortunately blind and deaf to these persecutions”.Violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on Aug. 25 when the country’s security forces launched an operation against Rohingya Muslim community. It triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards neighboring Bangladesh though the country sealed off its border for the refugees.Video: Rohingya Muslims slaughtered by fanatic BuddhistsDisplacement of Rohingya villagersMedia reports said Myanmar security forces used disproportionate force, displacing thousands of Rohingya villagers and destroying their homes with mortars and machine guns.The violence in Rakhine state 'overshadowed' this year’s Eid al-Adha, Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu said in the northwestern Bursa province.“We’ve seen that all the calls made by particularly our president and prime minister have been responded by the international community,” he said, adding that he hopes the crisis there would be resolved permanently.Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he has spoken to his counterparts in many countries and representatives of international organizations over the crisis.Galeri: Myanmar government's boundless persecution of Rohingya Muslims“I am also going to speak to Kofi Annan, special envoy of the United Nations, today,” he told reporters in southern province of Antalya. “We, as Turkey, will do whatever it needs in order to find a permanent solution in Rakhine.”Speaking to reporters in southern Adana province, EU Minister Omer Celik expressed his solidarity with Rohingya Muslims.“Our state and nation will continue to extend a helping hand to people suffering in every region of the world -- from Rakhine to Pakistan, from Syria to Somalia, from Serbia to Palestine,” Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said in his written message released for the occasion of the Eid.‘Myanmar wants to completely destroy Rohingya Muslims’The Rakhine state has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Muslim populations since communal violence broke out in 2012.A security clampdown launched in October last year in Maungdaw, where Rohingya form the majority, led to a UN report on human rights violations by security forces that indicated crimes against humanity.The UN documented mass gang-rape, killings -- including that of babies and young children -- brutal beatings and disappearances. Rohingya representatives have said approximately 400 people were slain during the operation.