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Kofi Annan lashed out at state of global leadership before death

PARIS: Former UN chief Kofi Annan, who died on Saturday, lashed out at the state of global leadership in an exclusive interview with AFP last year, urging more cooperation to deal with terrorism, migration and climate change. "Honestly speaking, we are in a mess," the Nobel peace laureate said on December 12 ahead of a major climate conference in Paris. "In the past when we went through this sort of crisis, you had leaders who had the courage and the vision to want to take action, to understand that they needed to work…

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

NEW YORK: Former UN chief Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Friday to push for the return to Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohyingas who have been driven out in an army campaign. Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, said world powers must work with the country's military and civilian leaders to end the refugee crisis. The Security Council is weighing action, possibly a resolution laying out demands, but diplomats have said China, a supporter of Myanmar's former ruling…

Myanmar must work to close Rohingya camps, says Kofi Annan panel

YANGON: Myanmar should immediately start letting Rohingya Muslims return home and ultimately close rundown camps for the displaced in its western Rakhine state, a panel led by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said on Thursday. More than 120,000 people, mostly Rohingyas, have been living in what were meant as temporary shelters for internally displaced persons (IDPs) since bouts of communal violence roiled the state in 2012. "It’s really about time they close the camps and allow the people in the camps, particularly those…

21,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar: IOM

DHAKA: More than 20,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, humanitarian officials said on Tuesday, following a bloody crackdown by the army in neighbouring Myanmar.  Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on the border to try to stem the tide of refugees since an eruption of unrest in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine in early October. Sanjukta Sahany, head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) office in Bangladesh's southeastern district of Cox's Bazar bordering Rakhine, said around 21,000…

Myanmar Buddhists boo ex-UN chief Kofi Annan on peace mission

SITTWE, MYANMAR: Hundreds of Buddhist hardliners booed former UN chief Kofi Annan as he arrived in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state on Tuesday to probe religious conflict that has displaced tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya. Annan has been tasked by the leader of Myanmar's new government Aung San Suu Kyi with finding ways to heal wounds in the bitterly divided and poor western state. Rakhine, which borders Bangladesh, has been scarred since 2012 by bouts of communal violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and a…