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UN ready to help Myanmar process Rohingya citizenship

High Commissioner says crisis is worst since Balkan War and Rwanda

Rohingya refugees walk towards a refugee camp after crossing the border in Anjuman Para near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, November 19, 2017   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The United Nations refugee agency will provide technical assistance to the Myanmar government if it begins to process and verify citizenship for Rohingya to resolve the humanitarain crisis, the body's top official said on Monday.

United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi says the Rohingya emergency is the worst humanitarian crisis since the 1990s.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi described the Rohingya refugee crisis as the worst since the end of the Cold War and compared it to the ethnic cleansing during the Balkan War and the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s.

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