US to keep up pressure on Myanmar for Rohingya return: Miller
Published : Sunday, 25 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 699
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller on Saturday said they will continue to exert pressure on Myanmar for dignified and secured Rohingya repatriation.
"The pressure should be continued on Myanmar. We have already imposed a ban on many security personnel of Myanmar, including its army chief. Putting pressure is being continued on the country," he said.
The US ambassador made the remarks replying to a query from journalists while distributing relief items among flood victims at Natarkandi High School at Astamir Char under Chilmari upazila of Kurigram. Miller thanked Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the Rohingya issue and said Bangladesh has opened its heart and border to the Rohingyas.
He assured that the US will always remain besides Bangladesh for helping the Rohingya people. Ambassador Miller said Bangladesh has opened its heart and border to over a million people who have been persecuted and highly appreciated Bangladesh's generosity in sheltering Rohingyas.
He said the US is one of the leading countries which provided humanitarian assistance of US$ 542 million both for Rohingyas and the host community in Cox's Bazar.
Despite all the preparations, no Rohingya turned up on Thursday to avail the "voluntary" repatriation offer given to them to go back to their place of origin in Rakhine State of Myanmar prompting the authorities to suspend the repatriation process for the day.
The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on November 15 last year but it was halted amid the unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a congenial environment in Rakhine.
The US envoy also declared about donating $100,000 to flood affected people.
US ambassador inaugurated a programme of Care Bangladesh of distributing money among 5,000 people of 200 families under assistance programme for flood-hit people in the district.
Kurigram Deputy Commissioner Sultana Parvin, Police Super Mohibul Islam Khan, US Aid Bangladesh Mission Director Derrick S. Brown, Care Bangladesh's Country Director Zia Chowdhury, Upazila chairman Shawkat Ali, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shah Md Shamsuzzoha, were, among others, present.