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PM seeks UN intervention for swift repatriation of Rohingya refugees

Update : 07 Sep 2017, 12:42 AM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the United Nations (UN) to aid in the swift repatriation of Rohingya refugees displaced from Myanmar and currently residing in Bangladesh, reports UNB. Hasina also reiterated calls for the international community to mount pressure on the Myanmar government to stop the driving of Rohingya into Bangladesh, and to take back those taking shelter here. “The UN should act in such a way so that the refugees are repatriated quickly,” the prime minister said during a meeting at her office with outgoing UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Robert D Watkins. Praising the Bangladesh government for their humanitarian efforts and acceptance of the refugees, Robert D Watkins expressed his apprehension that the numbers of Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh may rise in the coming days. Over 126,000 new refugees have entered Bangladesh so far.
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“The government will arrange makeshift shelters for them,” Sheikh Hasina said. “Vashanchar island shall be designated for refugee support and assistance.” The prime minister added that the government prepares a list whenever refugees enter Bangladesh. Regarding insurgency problems in the Rakhine state, the premier questioned where the supply of finance and arms to the insurgents was coming from, and urged the international community to look into the matter. Meanwhile, Robert D Watkins added that the UNHCR has already offered to assist in the identification process of the Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh, which the Prime Minister appreciated. He also stressed the UN secretary general’s personal involvement in dealing with the Rohingya crisis. The PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury was present during the meeting.
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