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Eleena Tovar | 17 Setiembre, 2017, 07:37

The council urged "immediate steps" to end the violence taking place, in a unanimous statement, and called for humanitarian aid workers to be able to reach those in need in Rakhine state.

It is high time that we have to unite together and lend support and help to the oppressed people of Burma, he said.

Yesterday, more than 2000 people joined faith organisations, including the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum, the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative and the Worker's International Organisation, to hand over a memorandum to the government to put pressure on Myanmar.

One million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar could enter Bangladesh by the end of the year, the United Nations said Thursday.

The relief material consists of items required urgently by the affected people, namely rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets etc.

This was the first time the UNSC agreed on a unanimous response after countries like China and Russia, which have traditionally shielded Myanmar from any serious action, came on board.

The violence in Rakhine and the exodus of refugees is the most pressing problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming national leader last year.

The UN has accused Buddhist-dominated Myanmar of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the stateless group, who say the military has launched a brutal crackdown in Rakhine.

"And it fails to take into account the historical perspective of the ancient ethnic rivalries", he said to FMT, in reference to Rakhine state's native Buddhist community, and the Rohingya, who are Muslims, living there.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also called upon the Myanmar government to allow thousands of Rohingyas to return to their homes.

The 15-member Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday, at the request of Sweden and Britain, to discuss the crisis for the second time since it began and agreed to publicly condemn the situation. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians.

Bangladesh authorities are now registering new arrivals and building a massive new camp near the border with Myanmar to accommodate the influx.