Japan's foreign minister visits Rohingya camp

Japan's foreign minister visits Rohingya camp

Japan's Foreign Minister has visited a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Taro Kono inspected the camp, which is near the Myanmar border, on Sunday.

Many minority Rohingya Muslims are staying in the camp, after fleeing the fighting that broke out between government forces and Rohingya militants in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine.

Later in the day, Kono returned to the capital, Dhaka, and held talks with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

They exchanged views on how to provide aid to the Rohingya refugees.
At a news conference after the meeting, Kono said Japan intends to support the talks between the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar, so that the Rohingya can return to their home villages soon.

Explaining the situation at the camp, he reported that 60 percent of the refugees there are children, and that nearly 3 percent of the women are pregnant.

Kono noted that there are acute shortages of water, food and medical aid. He added that educational opportunities need to be made available to the children.

The Foreign Minister said that the international community must work together to improve the situation as soon as possible.

He said Japan is aware that as a nation in the same Asian region, the country needs to exercise leadership in bringing about an early resolution of the problem.