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    Aust to help but not resettle Rohingya


    Sky News Australia‎ 
    July 9,2013

    Few ethnic groups
    would have as strong a claim to Australian assistance than the oppressed
    Rohingya minority of Myanmar, but the solution isn’t to resettle them in
    Australia, Foreign Minister Bob Carr says.

    Senator Carr said
    the Rohingya, some 800,000 stateless Muslim settlers originally from
    Bangladesh, were by any test enormously oppressed, suffering routine
    discrimination and violence.

    ‘If you look at all
    the people suffering in our region, there would be few who’d have a stronger
    claim than the Rohingya to our assistance,’ he told Sky News.

    Senator Carr said
    Australia provided significant aid to the Rohingya people.

    But he said they
    would not be resettled in Australia.

    ‘No, we rule that
    out. We say that in line with the United Nations High Commission on Refugee
    priorities, we need a durable solution within Myanmar. We haven’t got the
    capacity to take asylum seekers from Myanmar,’ he said.

    Senator Carr said
    the focus would be on encouraging the Myanmar government to achieve a durable
    political solution.


    ‘Reconciliation
    within these countries, encouraged by Australia, sensible Australian aid
    programs where it can make a difference, this is an alternative to the fantasy
    that somehow we can take the pressure off the world’s trouble spots simply by
    resettling in Australia,’ he said.