Rohingya repatriation to begin soon: FM
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said Rohingya repatriation will begin soon with sending the first batch of over 3,000 Rohingyas.
"We're thinking of beginning the first batch repatriation soon. I can't tell you the date at this moment. Clearance for over 3000 (Rohingya names) is given. Let's see, he made the remarks on Wednesday without mentioning a specific date to begin the process.
The Foreign Minister was talking to reporters after attending a seminar titled 'Rohingya Crisis: Challenges and Ways Forward' at National Defence College (NDC) in the capital.
"I cannot tell further on the issue but I could say that Bangladesh will remain cautious in this regard," Ali said.
Asked whether the repatriation will begin this year, he said, "I told you...soon. Let's see."
Meanwhile, UN human rights investigators said top Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for "genocide" against Rohingyas.
The Rohingya repatriation process is hampered due to a reluctant attitudes of the Myanmar government, On August 11 this year, a high-level Bangladesh delegation led by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque visited Rakhine and saw the "trail of widespread devastation" suffered by the people who lived there.
"They (Myanmar) have shown what preparations they've taken so for taking the Rohingyas back from Bangladesh," the Foreign Minister said, adding, "I would say at least something is done. We're hopeful (but) it won't be wise to do things in a hurry."