US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller on Saturday said his country would continue pressure on Myanmar for safe and sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas.
“The pressure should be squarely on Myanmar,” he said, expressing stand of the US which would like to see a voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of all Rohingyas. Miller made the statements during his visit to Natarkandi High School at Astamir Char under Chilmari upazila of Kurigram district.Acknowledging the generosity shown by Bangladesh, he said the country opened its heart and border to over a million people who fled to Cox’s Bazar following persecution at Rakhine state in Myanmar.
He said the US is one of the leading countries which provided humanitarian assistance of US$ 542 million both for Rohingyas and the host community in Cox’s Bazar.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since August 25, 2017, he added.
A recent bid to send Rohingyas to Rakhine was foiled as none of them showed interest to accept repatriation offer.
The two countries signed a repatriation deal on November 23, 2017, but there is no headway in execution of commitment by Myanmar.
On July 29, Bangladesh handed a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas from around 6,000 families to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to Rakhine State.With the latest list, Bangladesh has so far handed the names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities and around 8,000 of them have been verified. Myanmar only cleared 3,450 Rohingyas for beginning the repatriation.
On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar inked a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.