Arab Foreign Ministers meet

Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting at the headquarters of the Arab League this evening to discuss developments in the situation after the US administration announced its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupation.

The Sultanate is represented at the meeting by Plenipotentiary Minister Salim bin Said al-Rowas, Acting Permanent Representative of the Sultanate to the Arab League.

Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo last December, urging the United States to reverse its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, warning that the move could fuel violence in the region.

The meeting comes as a continuation of the Arab move on Jerusalem after the last emergency meeting of the Arab foreign ministers at the end of last year.

Source: Oman News Agency

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UN Official Says Rohingya Crisis Has Hallmarks of Genocide

The United Nations (UN) Special Envoy

on Human Rights in Myanmar today said that the Myanmar military’s

violent operations against Rohingya Muslims bear the hallmarks of a

genocide.

Yanghee Lee told reporters in Seoul, where she is based, that

she could not make a definitive declaration about genocide until a

credible international tribunal or court had weighed the evidence, but

we are seeing signs and it is building up to that.

Her briefing described her recent visit to refugee camps in

Bangladesh and other areas in the region to discuss the Rohingya, a

persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya

have fled their villages into Bangladesh since the Myanmar military’s

crackdown following 25 August attacks by Rohingya insurgents. The

government of Myanmar has refused her entrance to the country.

Responding to a question about an Associated Press (AP) report

today that details a massacre and at least five mass graves in the

Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, Lee said that while she did not have

specific details on the village, you can see it’s a pattern that has

emerged with the Rohingya.

She said such reports must be investigated, and this is why

we’ve called for a fact finding mission … and access for international

media to the areas in northern Rakhine state where the Rohingya live.

Lee said that Myanmar’s actions were amounting to crimes

against humanity.

These are part of the hallmarks of a genocide, she said.

I think Myanmar needs to get rid of this baggage of ‘did you or did you

not,’ and if proven that they did, then there has to be responsibility and

accountability. No stones must be left unturned because the people,

the victims, the families of the victims definitely deserve an answer,

she said, the AP news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency