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Rohingya Repatriation

No specific timeframe yet: FS

Published : Monday, 19 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 761
Diplomatic Correspondent

Bangladesh is ready to send back the displaced Rohingyas to their homeland at any time but there is no specific timeframe, said Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said on Sunday.
"It's (repatriation) very much on the table. It's a continuous process. Anytime it can happen," he
said while talking to the reporters without mentioning any specific date.
"The Rohingyas should go back to their homeland for their own sake," Shahidul Haque said, adding that if they don't go back they will be deprived not only of land but also of all of their rights in Myanmar."
He was addressing a seminar on Rohingya crisis at BIISS auditorium organized by the Red and Green Research, an initiative of journalists Sunday.
However, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque refused to confirm any specific date for the beginning of Rohingya repatriation from Cox's Bazar as reported by the international media.
According to the media report Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to start a fresh attempt to repatriate them on Aug 22.
"We agreed to the repatriation of 3,540 people on August 22," Myint Thu, a spokesman for Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs told to the Reuters.
The Foreign Secretary in his speech said many things are happening behind the scene. We are trying to send them back.
The visiting Myanmar team would try to encourage Rohingyas to go back in the "next couple of weeks".
Taking part in the discussion the former chairman of Bangladesh Human Rights said there are three solutions to Rohingya crisis: (a) repatriation, (b) rehabilitation and (c) re-integration.
Focusing on creating more awareness on Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, the former chair said Bangladesh should play more pro-active role in decimating Rohingya issues across the globe.

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