Rohingya repatriation: BD yet to get response from Myanmar


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday renewed her call to the international community, including the Holy See, for continuing their pressure on Myanmar to take back their nationals from Bangladesh.

The Prime Minister said this when she met Secretary of State of Vatican City Cardinal Pietro Parolin at his office in Rome.

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Huq and Ambassador to the Vatican City Shamim Ahsan briefed reporters after the meeting.

Shamim Ahsan said the Prime Minister informed the secretary of state that Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an agreement to send back over one million Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homeland.

‘The problem has been created on the other side of the border and the solution of this problem also lies there. That’s why the bigger responsibility of implementing the agreement lies on Myanmar shoulder, but we haven’t got that kind of response from Myanmar yet,’ she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the process of repatriation of the Rohingays has to be started. ‘The situation which will encourage the Rohingyas to go back to their homeland has to be created by Myanmar. Myanmar has to take that responsibility,’ the PM was quoted as telling Parolin.

She also renewed her five-point demand she placed in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last year.

About 689,040 Rohingya people have crossed over to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25, 2007 amid persecution by Myanmar military in its Rakhine State.

On September 21, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed a five-point proposal at the 72nd UNGA session for a permanent solution to the crisis.