Government has urged the international community to put pressure on Myanmar for the earliest and safe repatriation of displaced Rohingyas living in the refugee camps of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen has sought comprehensive engagements and decisive actions from the part of the international community so that Myanmar thinks it urgent to take back the refugee at the earliest convenience.The minister said this while briefing the heads of diplomatic missions and UN agencies stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday at State Guest House Padma in the city.
He clarified Bangladesh’s position on the recent developments in relation to repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingya people.
The minister also accused Myanmar of lying about the issue regarding repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people.
“Basically, we gave the diplomats an update about Myanmar as one of its ministers blamed Bangladesh at a recent program in Japan that Bangladesh is not doing enough for repatriation. Even he also alleged that that Bangladesh is not cooperating with Myanmar in this regard,” the minister said.
Protesting the fabricated remarks and disinformation spread by Myanmar officials, Foreign Minister also presented relevant facts and arguments to invalidate Myanmar’s allegations.
“We sincerely want Myanmar to take back its citizens. But Myanmar has repeatedly been breaching its promises,” he said.Expressing utter dissatisfaction over Mynamar’s gross failure in ensuring security and conducive environment in Rakhine state, Dr Momen said that they (Myanmar) have failed to demonstrate any political will and determination to fulfill its obligations and commitments.
“They were supposed to create a favourable situation in the Rakhine state for the Rohingyas. Of 800 villages, only two were shown to have a suitable environment despite their claims that all problems had been sorted. Myanmar did not keep its promise”, said Dr Momen.
Foreign Minister also stressed need for ensuring accountability of the perpetrators in Myanmar to eliminate the culture of impunity which is regarded as a major cause of protracted Rohingya crisis.
He also mentioned the decision of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to move the International Court of Justice for establishing the legal rights of Rohingyas and addressing the question of accountability and justice.
He said the OIC member states at a recent meeting in Saudi Arabia spontaneously agreed to bear the expenses in this regard on voluntary basis.
Diplomats from the United States, the UK, China, India, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil and representatives from the European Union, and different United Nations agencies were present at the briefing.
It may mention that more than 700,000 Rohingyas have taken shelter in Bangladesh since August 2017, after the Myanmar army initiated a crackdown in the Rakhine state.
Over 400,000 Rohingyas have been living in Bangladesh during the past few decades.