Dhaka urges int’l support over Rohingya’s repatriation


Bangladesh on Sunday urged the international community to come up with a ‘louder voice’ to resolve the long-pending Rohingya refugee issue and ensure their return to their homeland.

The Foreign Ministry held a meeting with stakeholders at the ministry with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque in the chair where the current situation over the issue was discussed.

“We discussed the overall situation and want to see the international community to come up with a louder voice,” an official who attended the meeting told UNB.

He said the root of the problem lies on Myanmar side and they laid emphasis on the solution.

Responding to a question, the operation of some unregistered non-government organisations (NGOs) was also discussed.

The present government is trying to send back the registered Rohingya refugees, who are still in the country, and stop fresh influx of Myanmar citizens to Bangladesh.

Earlier, Myanmar agreed to take back its verified citizens living in two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Initially, they supposed to take back 2,415 people, who have been verified as Myanmar citizens in 2005.

Currently, some 30,000-32,000 documented Myanmar nationals are living in Bangladesh and Bangladesh’s position is that they must go back to their own country.

Source: BD Chronicle