Myanmar responsible for repatriation failure : Quader
Published : Sunday, 25 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 704
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said the government has taken a strategic stance on the return of the Rohingyas, keeping in mind that Myanmar has strong friends in the world too.
On criticism of Rohingya repatriation failure, the Road Transport and Bridges Minister said, "There is no question of a failure here. It is a strategic issue. In such cases one has to take two steps forward and one step backward. This cannot be termed a diplomatic failure."
Blaming Myanmar for not initiating the Rohingya repatriation process, he said, "The Myanmar government did not create conducive environment (in Rakhine State), did not ensure security, could not address issues like citizenship (of the Rohingyas). That is why the Rohingyas could not believe them. The government of Myanmar has to take responsibility for this. "
The Minister said, "We will not go to war, international pressure will continue. We are moving forward on that strategy. The problem here is complicated. In the midst of this complexity, to avoid war, attempts are being made to resolve the problem through cold-headed discussions."
Quader was addressing a discussion marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The programme was organized by BRTC Worker-Employee League at the auditorium of Diploma Engineers' Institution in the city.
The meeting chaired by Abdul Quader, Acting president of the organization, was addressed by State Minister for Labour and Employment Monnujan Sufian, BRTC Chairman Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan, Jatiya Shramik League President Shukkur Mahmud and acting general secretary Humayun Kabir.
Quader highlighted the loss of all sectors including tourism in Cox's Bazar due to the long-standing Rohingya problem.
On questions from journalists on the killing of a Jubo League leader in Cox's Bazar, he said, "There is no reason to think that all the Rohingyas are innocent and peaceful. There is frustration and desperation in them. The incident is an isolated manifestation of frustration and desperate attitude. "
Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader stressed on eliminating corruption to convert BRTC into a profitable organization.