Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the U.N. Security Council on Monday to press Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a military crackdown to take refuge in her country.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told reporters: "They should put more pressure on the Myanmar government so that they take their citizens back to their country. That's what we want."

Hasina said the refugees should return "under U.N. supervision where security and safety should be ensured".

"They want to go back to their own country. So the Security Council can play a very pivotal role," she added.

When asked if U.N. supervision meant the deployment of peacekeepers, Hasina said: "Not exactly, well, that is for the U.N. to decide".

Hasina also called on Myanmar to implement the recommendations of a commission headed by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which was appointed by Suu Kyi in 2016 to investigate how to solve Rakhine's long-standing tensions. Among the commission's recommendations was a review of a Myanmar law that links citizenship and ethnicity and leaves most Rohingya stateless.  

Security Council envoys visited Hasina in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, before traveling to Myanmar for meetings with its government leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and military Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing later on Monday.

The visit by the Security Council envoys, to see the aftermath of a military operation in Myanmar's western Rakhine State, puts a global spotlight on the crisis which the United Nations and others have denounced as ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar denies the accusation, saying the military was engaged in a legitimate counter-insurgency operation.