UN Security Council must impose arms embargo in Myanmar

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The visit would have been the first by United Nations officials to the area since violence broke out on 25 August, BBC reported.

Myanmar had around 1.1 million Rohingya before the Aug 25 attacks by militants from the minority group sparked a massive security crackdown.

An estimated 480,000 people - almost all Muslims who identify as Rohingya - have entered Bangladesh since August 25, when fighters from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked 30 police outposts.

"The government-organized visit was postponed to next week because of weather conditions", a spokesman for the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Myanmar said, without giving further details.

Contradicting his own party's stand, Gandhi wanted the government to consider granting refugee status to Rohingyas from Myanmar.

The situation is made all the worse by the severe restrictions Myanmar has imposed on aid groups in northern Rakhine State.

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Assessing the situation on the ground in Rakhine is hard because access is tightly controlled. Amnesty International has received credible reports that fear of starvation, as well as the attacks by the military, is driving more people from their homes, as many Rohingya are stranded in villages with little or no access to food.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army released a statement on Twitter last night denying any involvement in the killing of 45 Hindu civilians whose bodies were exhumed by the Myanmar army this week or in the disappearance of dozens of others.

"We urge the government and authorities of Myanmar to ensure that all people in need in Rakhine Sate have full, free and unimpeded access to life-saving humanitarian assistance".

Aid groups dismissed the accusations, which they said had inflamed anger towards them among Buddhists in the communally divided state, and called for an end to "misinformation and unfounded accusations".

The UN Security Council is due to meet on the crisis later Thursday.

The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, described the situation as "an unacceptable tragedy" after visiting Myanmar and meeting leaders including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

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