Dhaka reassures EU of ‘voluntary nature’ of Rohingya relocation

22 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh and the European Union on Monday discussed the plan for relocation of Rohingyas to Bhashan Char with Bangladesh reassuring it of the “voluntary nature” of the relocation and engagement with the international community, reports UNB.

The issue came up for discussion at the 9th session of the European Union (EU)-Bangladesh Joint Commission held in the city.

The discussion was held in a “constructive” atmosphere, covering a wide range of issues of common interest.

The people and government of Bangladesh, as well as the international humanitarian community, including NGOs, have collectively provided a comprehensive response to the humanitarian challenge caused by the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.

The EU recalled its political and financial support to the government and the people of Bangladesh in facing the crisis.

The EU expressed again its appreciation for the generous and humane role and action of the people and government of Bangladesh and stressed the need for “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” return of Rohingyas to Myanmar.  Bangladesh expects continued support in this regard, according to the EU Embassy in Dhaka.   

Both sides expressed commitment to pursue the accountability mechanisms for the crimes committed against the Rohingyas in Myanmar through various multilateral initiatives.

More Trade, Investment

Both the EU and Bangladesh agreed on the aim to strengthen the economic relationship through increased trade and investment flows, for which it was essential to ensure a “predictable and transparent” business environment for economic operators.

Bangladesh and the EU agreed that the EU’s unilateral, preferential trade scheme - Everything But Arms (EBA) under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences – granted to Bangladesh has made a direct and significant contribution to Bangladesh’s economic growth and social and economic development.