Visiting director general (DG) of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing on Monday reiterated his organisation’s support to Bangladesh for Rohingya repatriation to their homes.
He expressed this commitment during his meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the capital.Senior regional adviser to DG Wen Li, spokesperson of DG Leonard Doyle, IOM Bangladesh chief mission Giorgi Gigauri, head of refugee cell unit Peppi Siddiq and deputy chief of mission Abdusattor Esoev were present at the meeting.
The visiting DG said the IOM will extend all sorts of support to Bangladesh for repatriation of Rohingya people.
The UN agency has a vast experience about repatriation and it will extend Bangladesh all sorts of support to face the gigantic challenge of Rohingya repatriation, he said.
After the meeting, the press secretary to the prime minister, Ihsanul Karim, briefed reporters on the outcome of the talks.
The press secretary informed that the IOM DG visited Cox’s Bazar to witness the plight of Rohingyas on the ground.
The IOM DG thanked the Government of Bangladesh for its cooperation and support to the displaced Rohingya people, he said.William Lacy Swing mentioned that all will have to work together to resolve the ongoing crisis. He further said that during his visit to Cox’s Bazar, he saw the sufferings of local Bangladeshis following influx of Rohingya people, Ihsanul said.
He said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina does not know how long Rohingays will stay in Bangladesh.
The prime minister mentioned that the government is preparing an island for relocating Rohingyas from Cox’s Bazar to ensure their better living, he noted.
Talking about the agreement signed with Myanmar government regarding Rohingya repatriation, she said Myanmar is not acting as per the agreement, the press secretary informed.
On Sunday, IOM DG William Lacy Swing visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.
In a Twitter post, he said, “I am leaving with a sense of satisfaction and confidence that his organisation is going to provide a complex spectrum of services very quickly.”
The IOM DG arrived in Dhaka on Saturday and left the capital on Monday after wrapping up his three-day visit to Bangladesh.