Rohingya Repatriation

Tripartite talks in Dhaka on Jan 19

Diplomatic Correspondent

14 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

In an important move towards repatriation of Rohingyas, a tripartite meeting among Bangladesh, Myanmar and China will be held in Dhaka on January 19 as Myanmar assured of taking back its nationals, who were forced to take temporary shelter in Bangladesh following brutal military crackdown in Rakhine state in August 2017.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen is optimistic about a peaceful solution to the crisis and hopeful that it would be a fruitful meeting.

Talking to reporters, Momen said that it will be Secretary level meeting and Bangladesh has already handed over a list of 8.40 lakh Rohingyas to Myanmar for verification.

He however regretted that Myanmar is still very slow in verifying the list and they so far verified only 42,000 people.

“There is serious lack of seriousness. We are doing our part of the job but Myanmar is not responding the same way,” the minister said.

In reply to a question, the Foreign Minister said he is always hopeful of beginning repatriation as history says Myanmar took      

back their nationals in 1978 and 1992.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi conveyed to Bangladesh that Myanmar assured them of taking back Rohingyas and will hold tripartite talks at the Foreign Minister-level after the national elections of Myanmar (held on November 8) to begin the repatriation of Rohingyas without any delay.

Over 800,000 Rohingyas fled the "genocidal violence" in Myanmar and Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017. On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on "Physical Arrangement", which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.