Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal says the crisis can be solved through a bilateral approach
The forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, who are staying in camps in Bangladesh, might become an easy target for terrorist organizations, says the home minister.
This “new emerging challenge will bring disaster” if it not addressed very soon, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal feared while speaking to reporters at a program in Dhaka on Tuesday.
“International terrorist organizations are always looking for prey and [the Rohingyas] might be their easy target,” he said.
More than 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh since late August last year after Myanmar security forces launched a brutal crackdown targeting the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority in the Rakhine state.
The refugees and rights bodies have accused the Myanmar forces of murder, rape, arson, loot, and torture. Myanmar denies the charges.
The minister said the problem needed to be solved very soon. “I have already visited Myanmar to this end where some fruitful discussions had taken place that resulted in decisions like forming of the Joint Commission,” he said.
But he rued Myanmar’s unfulfilled promise of relocating 6,000 Rohingyas from the no man’s land between the borders of the two countries.
“We repeatedly emphasized implementing the recommendations of the Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. The Rohingyas will never want to return if they do not feel secure,” he said, adding that this crisis could be solved by bilateral approach.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had recently sent him to a United Nations (UN) seminar where he spoke about the issue.
“I am repeatedly saying that the Rohingya people will be easy targets for international [terrorist] organizations. I told the UN to take quick measures for the return of the displaced Myanmar nationals and take strong measures against terrorist activities in the camps,” he said.
The home minister also said that Bangladeshi intelligence agencies were monitoring the situation.