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Myanmar foot-dragging leaves Rohingya in limbo

UN secretary-general slams slow refugee repatriation procedures

Rohingya refugees wait for a boat near the border with Myanmar on the Naf River in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Sept.7.   © Reuters

YANGON -- Myanmar's worsening Rohingya refugee crisis is drawing increasing fire from the international community, but the government continues to drag its feet in verifying the residency of those who have fled, leaving displaced people to languish in squalid camps along the border with Bangladesh.

As the chorus of criticism has grown, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, said in address on Sept. 19: "I can confirm now, we are ready to start the verification process at any time," adding, "Those who have been verified to have come from this country will be accepted without any problems and with full assurance of their security and access to humanitarian aid."

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