Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR Volker Türk on Thursday laid emphasis on continuing discussion on the Rohingya relocation plan making sure that it is done on a voluntary basis, reports UNB.
“UN has had very constructive discussion with the government of Bangladesh on the issue of relocation and it’s important for us to continue this discussion,” he told reporters at a media briefing at a city hotel in the evening.Bangladesh has planned to relocate Rohingyas to Bhasanchar island in Noakhali from Cox’s Bazar camps with required facilities for them there.
Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas.
Türk laid emphasis on creating required conditions in Rakhine State of Myanmar for safe, dignified and voluntary return of Rohingyas to their place of origin.
Terming the situation in Rakhine very complex, he said they do not have access to Northern Rakhine at the moment though they were able to get access to 60 villages in 2018.
UNHCR assistant high commissioner said it is important that there is sustained attention of the international community to help Bangladesh manage the Rohingya issue here.