Pope Francis arrives in Bangladesh where scores of Rohingya Muslims are seeking refuge from violence across the border. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Pope Francis on Thursday (November 30) called for "decisive measures" to resolve the political crisis causing mostly Muslim refugees from neighboring Myanmar to flee to Bangladesh. But, just as in the first leg of his trip in Myanmar, he did not use the word 'Rohingya', which is contested by the Yangon government and military. In a speech before Bangladesh's president hours after arriving, Francis instead spoke of "refugees from Rakhine State". The exodus of Rohingya people from Rakhine state to the southern tip of Bangladesh was sparked by a military crackdown in response to Rohingya militant attacks on an army base and police posts on August 25. The United Nations has accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing and last week Washington said the military's campaign included "horrendous atrocities" aimed at "ethnic cleansing".