Bangladesh for improving situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine for Rohingya return


Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen has urged the international community for their meaningful engagement in the Rakhine State to improve the situation there for sustainable repatriation of the forcibly displaced people to their homeland Myanmar.

In his keynote speech at the ‘High Level meeting on Rohingya Refugees’ arranged by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok of Thailand on Tuesday (Oct 17), he also underlined the need for boosting humanitarian support for the Rohingyas staying in Bangladesh.

Momen said that safe, voluntary and sustainable repatriation was the only solution to the Rohingya crisis, said a foreign ministry press release issued in Dhaka on Wednesday.

He said that the ongoing learning in Myanmar Curriculum and portable skill development activities for Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char camps should complement the repatriation initiatives.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called on foreign minister Abdul Momen during the programme.

The foreign minister thanked UNHCR for its continued humanitarian support for the Rohingyas and sought cooperation to realise the rights and expectation of the Rohingyas to return to Myanmar, said the release.

Grandi mentioned voluntary repatriation as the solution of the Rohingya crisis and assured of continued efforts to achieve that objective.

Bangladesh has sheltered more than 1.1 million Rohingyas since a large-scale influx of the persecuted community amid several military crackdowns on them in a move for ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar forces in the Rakhine State.

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