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tv   U.N. Announces Pledges for Rohingya Refugees  CSPAN  October 25, 2017 3:21am-3:43am EDT

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yesterday officials from two united nations announced that 340 million there are commitment to help more than 600,000 rohingya muslim refugees. here's more about that now. this is 20 minutes. >> thank you very much indeed. thank you for coming, everybody. we have had an encouraging member with members of state and a range of organizations where
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we have laid out the situation on the ground in bangladesh and asked for help from the international community, reinforcing the generosity and the hospitality and the extraordinary welcome bangladesh offered to nearly 600,000 rohingya refugees who fled from myanmar since the 25th of august. on the basis of what we have heard this morning. against the $434 million that we put out in the response plan some weeks ago, we now have pledges of $340 million. so we're very encouraged by that. in addition, several donors have committed more than $50 million in in kind assistance to bangladesh and myanmar. we know some of our do nnors ar
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still working on pledges, so we're confidence that beyond what i have said there will be more support to come. we are also encouraged by the work being done by the world bank working extremely closely with unhcr for them to put in place using their new facility under either 18 a new package of support to help bangladesh into the median term cope with the influx. of course, a lot of the issues that have arisen on this crisis go beyond simply pledging and financing to meet the needs of the refugees who have arrived in bangladesh and we note that there is important work going on, important discussions going on among the security council members to impress some of the
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other issues that people raised. and you're all aware of the repeated calls the secretary general has made for an end to the violence or inhindered access for human tear agencies and for conditions to be put in place through which over time the rohingya can be allowed to go home and resume their lives in dignity in the way that we all want to live our lives, too. thank you. >> thank you. would you like to say a few words? >> yes. i'd like to stress that this was a meeting in which it was important to hear delegation after delegation that the solution of this tragic and
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massive refugee crisis, refugee and statelessness crisis lies in myanmar and we have heard also, as you have certainly heard as well, that bangladesh and myanmar have started talks on repatriation. it must be the solution to the crisis. discussions have started and we hope to hear that they are making progress. of course, in order for that to really happen, conditions have to be recreated in rakine state for the refugees to return. and those conditions, as very clearly stated in the report, must include a solution to the question of citizenship or
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rather lack thereof for the rohingya community and must eventually include substantive development investments as inclusive as possible of all communities in myanmar. meanwhile, of course, it was encouraging to hear -- to hear the substantive pledges made against the appeal that we have put out today. this will be very urgent. it would be very useful and it is very urgent given the magnitude of the needs that you have heard about, including from me even recently. in particular, needs related to side and shelter, related to water and sanitation and help. needs also related to the importance of healing the trauma that people are carrying with them from myanmar where they
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suffered very, very harsh violence. the humanitarian situation needs to eventually be stabilized. these resource wils will be hel in that respect. it may last for some time because the issue has been very complex. it has been outlined. that means we need to look at also at the median term, how to support these people. how to support host communities in bangladesh and hence the sporns of the world bank role that mark has already flagged. we're working very closely with them in the spirit, if you wish, of the declaration of the humanitarian development we have spoken so much about. this is a situation in which that nexus is hopefully being implemented on the ground. thank you. >> thacnk you very much.
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from the internagsinternationale of migration. >> thank you very much. clearly we are looking at what's been called the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. these people are trapped in an arch of suffering and rejection. it is in its own way a nightmare because it's ethnically based and it has been around for a long time and it is not getting better. the numbers have fallen off from 12,000 to 15,000 a day. but even at that rate, the numbers are expected to exceed a million fairly shortly. so that is the bad situation that we face. second point is that we should be encouraged however by several things. one the generosity of the
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government people and host communities of bangladesh and secondly by the remarkable resilience of the rohingya people. that gives us hope. third point is that we need to be very, very steadfast in our commitments to this particular crisis, which is unique in its own way and even though amidst eight or nine world conflicts word wi worldwide, it is othe one that pulls at our heart strings the most of one of the most rejected people in the world. we need to be moving quickly. not only to support the very encouraging talks that are going on now between bangladesh and myanmar, but as international leaders we hope that they will move quickly to put in place a
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political process that will lead to the return as quickly as possible amidst safe, secure, dignified conditions of the suffering rohingya people to their ancestral home where they have been for a long, long time. and everyone ireturned at the w says they really want to go home. we'll take your questions now. >> thank you. if you want to stay at the podium and the two of you will join him, we'll take a few questions. could you introduce yourself and address your question. >> hello. good morning. spanish news agency for the three of you. if i understand well, the bermese authorities didn't take a stand, didn't speak and probably weren't even in the room. at the end of the day it is about them that we are talking.
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what do you think? they weren't here in a real important meeting. >> well, i think it is the case that myanmar delegation was in the room actually. i was listening to a lot of what people said. of course it is a matter for them whether they want to take the floor. the meeting continues this afternoon. you know that the united nations had a high level of delegation. our colleague, the undersecretary visited and also rakine just ten days ago and came back and reported to us all just last week. and, so, discussions between the un and the myanmar authorities pretty much continue. you will have seen a number of
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announcements the mee yyanmar authorities have made. you will have heard the news of the bangladesh minister going to myanmar today and tomorrow. the un will continue to follow these discussions very closely. and we will continue to urge immediate action. there are three things the secretary general has called for, an end to the violence, unfeted complete, normal humanitarian access and for conditions to be put in place when they want to when it's safe to do so on a voluntary basis for the rohingya refugees to be able to go home. thank you. >> james keeton from associated press.
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>> good afternoon. this question is for mr. locock. you mentioned 340 million. could you specify that? we were at a total of over 100 million coming into today. can you be specific of how much you raised today? and also could you also mention you also mentioned that you're expecting more money to come in. do you mean more money today, within today's session? because we heard canada say they will give money later in the week possibly. so, are we at the set figure for the day, or do you expect more to come in for today? >> so thanks, jaime. we'll have the detail break down for you later in the day and the number we gave reflects some things we know are coming through. not all of which you heard during the course of the morning. so it is our best estimate of the pledges.
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you have given me the chance to say that. of course the pledges are one thing. it is really important to us that the pledges are translated as soon as possible into contributions and into money in the bank accounts of phillip and bill and the ngos. but at the agency bank accounts. thank you for the correction. and because the needs on the ground are vast and funding, as i said this morning, is absolutely a binding constraint. and, you know, we will do the best job in containing the need and reducing the suffering if what we have heard today is translated quickly sba acti lly. thank you. >> we will have to see, but we will give you the full details
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in the break down later today. >> thank you. did you wish to add anything to that question? okay. we'll turn it to bbc. >> two brief questions. you said again and again you want unfettered access. what kind of access do you have right now? i sense it's zero for delivering aid. and secondly, the appeal today is actually for bangladesh. you are, and particularly for the un refugee agency, are you concerned you are treading a fine line given that, i know you talk about return, but there doesn't appear to be a lot for refugees to return to given that a lot of these villages have been destroyed. are you worried about creating a situation where people just stay out of terror and they have -- and having nothing to return to? >> thanks. no. on the first one, of course you
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have to distinguish the capital of rakine, mid and northern. there the un organizations and most of the ngos have not had access since this crisis began at the end of august. a number of other agencies have remained there, including with international presence, but they are not allowed to do the proper work. that work has been given by the government of myanmar to the red cross movement, as you know. but the request of the secretary general is that the un organization can have it restored. the less critical area, there we do have access to the idp camps
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which host also quite a large population of rohingya refugees. but the crucial area is northern. on your second e kquestion, it a very important question because the situation is not ready for the return. again, we need to make an assessment as soon as possible of that situation. so that's one important element that needs to be addressed, recob constructir reconstruction. but when i introduced the question of citizenship, verification of citizenship and reattribution of citizenship. because this is a statelessness question, therefore it is squarely in the organization, we have repeatedly, in fact, told the government of myanmar that
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we are ready to provide technical support in both exercises, in fact. both the exercise of verification of citizenship, addressing statelessness and the exercise of repa treeuation. so we have made ourselves available in the fashion that the two governments will deem appropriate for us to play. thank you. >> we'll take one final question. stephanie, had you raised your hand? >> you made a suggestion in your opening remarks that there might be a need for even greater assistance beyond the six-month appeal. what do you have in mind, please? >> well, we have to be ready for the strong possibility that
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there will continue to be a nee humanitarian assistance. for a period beyond the end of february. which is what we have as the outer limit currently of the appeal. obviously we don't know exactly the situation that we'll be facing then. it's realistic to expect that we will be facing a continuing problem to deal with in bangladesh. that's one of the reasons why we are encouraged the world bank is engaged because they have substantial resources available. the government want to access them. and they are available for a longer period into the future. we'll have to see how things evolve over the next few months. i'm not ruling out that we will need to bring out generous donors together again. in the early part of next yore.
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depending on how the situation evolves on the grown. what we would like to see is progress in particular on the three asks we have repeatedly made of the myanmar authority. because as we say time and time again, the origin of this crisis are in myanmar. and the solutions need to be found many myanmar. it will be better if much high proportion of all activity could be focussed on myanmar. starting with their and building on the implementation of the recommendations of the commission. that is the word we would like to be doing. thank you very much. >> all right, thank you very much. that's all the time we have. thank you to the guests. and we'll continue following the rest of the conference. thank you, everyone for being
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