Rohingya militants whose attacks triggered an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state unleashing a huge wave of refugees said Saturday their one-month ceasefire would end in two days, but added they were open to a peace deal if the government offered it.
"This flow out of Myanmar has not stopped yet, it's into the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya (who are) still in Myanmar, we want to be ready in case there is a further exodus", Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said at a news briefing in Geneva.
Bangladeshis will go without food to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Burma, the country's prime minister has said.
"Officials plan to use the vast site to accommodate all the Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar-both new and old arrivals-in one settlement", said Millman.
In an interview, Arsa leader Ata Ullah linked the creation of the group to communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine in 2012, when almost 200 people were killed and 140,000, mostly Rohingya, displaced.
Despite meeting Rohingya on the mission, the diplomats issued a statement that made no direct reference to them - a glaring omission compared with Canada's recent statements on the situation in Myanmar, which have directly mentioned the minority group. A video obtained by The Associated Press that villagers said was shot Thursday in northern Rakhine state shows dozens of Rohingya attempting to swim across the currents of a muddy river.
Rabiya Khatu, a 75 year old Rohingya refugee who fled Myanmar a month ago, is carried by her son and son-in-law to the hospital at a refugee camp in Bangladesh.
The Trump administration has promised USD32 million in assistance - United States dollars 28 million of which will go to Bangladesh, where roughly half-a-million Rohingyas are presently based. About 2,000 refugees continue to arrive every day, according to the global Organization for migration (IOM).
Such a possible course of action is obviously being suggested to point out that Suu Kyi as well as the Myanmar armed forces are culpable and must face the punishment such a crime against humanity deserves.
Lowcock added that a senior United Nations official was expected to visit Myanmar in the coming days.
Amidst alarming reports that Bangladesh now has a bigger population of Rohingyas than Myanmar, the Eastern neighbour has asked India to not mix up the humanitarian and security aspects of the conflict in Rakhine. The UN has branded the exodus as historic and a result of Myanmar's deliberate policy of "ethnic cleansing".
"It is also important for the people of Myanmar to understand that without addressing the fundamental issues of the Rohingya, such as identity and citizenship, the Rohingya issue will continue to pose security and territorial threats", he said.
On Sep 15, the chargé d'affaires of the Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka, Aung Myint, was summoned by the foreign ministry, when a protest note was handed over to him.