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Rohingyas must go back to Myanmar: PM

Published : Thursday, 23 September, 2021 at 9:31 PM  Count : 423

Rohingyas must go back to Myanmar: PM

Rohingyas must go back to Myanmar: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asserted that Rohingyas are Myanmar nationals and they must go back to their homeland, Myanmar.

"As I repeatedly said they (Rohingyas) are Myanmar nationals and hence, they must go back to their homeland, Myanmar, in safety and dignity," she told a high-level interaction of global stakeholders on the sidelines of the
UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York on Tuesday afternoon (Bangladesh Time early Wednesday).

Sheikh Hasina insisted that the issue was a matter of regional and global security concerns and therefore it needed urgent resolution while "I would like to emphasize that whatever we are doing in Bangladesh is purely on a
temporary basis".

She said the international community "must do everything possible to make sure the Rohingyas return to their homeland as they themselves also wish to return to their home".

Simultaneously, the premier put her weight towards the campaign to expose to justice the people responsible for persecution of the minority Rohingya community for the sake of justice and infusing a sense of confidence among
the victim population in returning their home.

The virtual meeting titled "High-Level Side Event on Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (Rohingya) crisis: Imperatives for a Sustainable Solution" was held under Bangladesh auspices ahead of the premier's scheduled UNGA address on September 24.

Officials concerned said Bangladesh organized the meeting as part of Dhaka's efforts to highlight the crisis in the main UNGA general debate while the country's permanent representative to the United Nations Rabab Fatima moderated the event.

The meeting was cosponsored by eight cross-regional countries and organisations including United Kingdom (UK), Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and European Union (EU).

The premier said since that mass exodus in 2017, at all the successive UNGAs, she placed specific proposals for a sustainable solution to the crisis while "my government has maintained bilateral engagements with Myanmar".

"At the regional front, we have tried to take on board the major powers, including China and India. We have all along tried to have more active involvement of the ASEAN," Sheikh Hasina said.

Sheikh Hasina said for the last four years, Bangladesh awaited with high hopes that these displaced people could go back to their own homes in their motherland Myanmar in safety, security and dignity, reposing "our trust in the global assembly and community for their repatriation".

"However, our calls have remained unheeded and our hopes unfulfilled. We are now in the fifth year of the crisis. Yet, we still hold the hope for a durable solution to this crisis," she said.

The prime minister said Bangladesh developed an island called Bhasan Char covering an area of 13,000 acres in the South of the country to de-congest the over-crowded camps in Cox's Bazar.

"We spent over US$ 350 million from our own budget to develop this settlement," she said.


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