Reuters - Video

Edition: U.S. | U.K. | IN | CN

Top News

UN chief: Cause of Asian migrant crisis must be addressed

2:07pm IST - 00:46

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the root cause leading to thousands of mostly Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladeshi to flee their countries must be addressed. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday (May 23) the root causes leading to thousands of mostly Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh to flee their countries need to be addressed. "This is something which is happening in this region, and of course it should be very clearly addressing the root causes of this issue why people are fleeing their countries," he told reporters during a news conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. More than 3,000 migrants have landed so far this month in Malaysia and Indonesia. The migrants - men, women and children who fled persecution and poverty at home or were abducted by traffickers, now face sickness and starvation at sea. "It's important to save human lives. Whatever the reasons may be when they are out on the sea, their life is endangered. Therefore, I'm urging, I have been urging all the leaders in the region to first of all search and rescue, and provide life saving assistance, humanitarian assistance, and discuss how they could settle this matter (of) resettlement, reintegration," Ban said. The crisis flared in Southeast Asia after a Thai crackdown on human trafficking led criminals to abandon overloaded boats in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea rather than risk trying to smuggle or traffic them through preferred routes in Thailand. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR estimated on Friday (May 22) that some 3,500 migrants are still stranded on boats with dwindling supplies, and repeated its appeal for the region's governments to rescue them.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

UN chief: Cause of Asian migrant crisis must be addressed

2:07pm IST - 00:46