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Rohingya Repatriation: Foreign Minister to brief diplomats in afternoon

Sun Online Desk     21st January, 2018 01:32:21 printer

Rohingya Repatriation: Foreign Minister to brief diplomats in afternoon

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will brief diplomats stationed in Dhakaon Sunday afternoon on Rohingya issue as Bangladesh and Myanmar are set to start repatriation process at the ground level.


The Foreign Minister will brief Western and non-Muslim countries' diplomats from 4pm to 5pm while diplomats from Muslim majority countries from 5pm to 6pm at State Guest House Padma in the city, quoting official UNB reports.


State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque are likely to attend the briefing.


On Saturday,Minister Ali laid emphasis on continuing international pressure on Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis. "It (pressure) needs to continue until repatriation is completed."


He also said the Rohingya repatriation process will not be hampered due to the upcoming national election.


"Why, I don't see any reason," he said terming the progress made so far on Rohingya repatriation a big success for the government and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.


The Foreign Minister said the repatriation is an ongoing process and all people should help government take it forward successfully.


On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on 'Physical Arrangement' which will facilitate return of Rohingayas to their homeland from Bangladesh.


The 'Physical Arrangement' stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferablywithin two yearsfrom the commencement of repatriation.


The United Nations has reiterated its call for voluntary repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh saying Rohingyas need to feel that the situation is safe enough for them.


"It's up for people to choose to go home. No one should choose for them. Any repatriation of Rohingyas back to Myanmar needs to be voluntary," said spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric in a regular briefing at the UN headquarters.


He said Rohingyas, now living in Bangladesh, need to be able to go to the homes from which they came. "I think they need to feel that the situation is safe enough."


There have been demonstrationson Fridayin camps by Rohingyas protesting against plans to repatriate them back into Myanmar.


On the other hand, Myanmar authorities toured Maungtaw, Rakhine Stateon Fridayand inspected the construction of houses to be used for repatriation of returnees from Bangladesh.


The delegation headed by Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu visited the Hla Phoe Khaung, Ngakhuya and Taung Pyo Letwe camps and insisted on completion of the finishing touches on buildings, medical clinics and sanitation infrastructures, according to The Global New Light of Myanmar.


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Alion Thursdaysaid the Rohingya problem can be solved permanently with sustainable return of Rohingyas to Myanmar.