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Rohingyas tell EU delegation they are ready to return to Myanmar anytime

  • Rohingyas stress global support for repatriation 
  • EU’s Eamon Gilmore in Cox’s Bazar on two-day visit
  • EU assures Rohingyas of support
Update : 27 Jul 2023, 06:30 PM

Rohingya refugees in a discussion with a delegation from the European Union (EU) on Thursday said they are ready to return to their home country at any moment.

They said they need global support for repatriation along with rights. In view of this, European Union (EU) Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore assured them that the European Union is always on the side of the humanitarian needs of the Rohingyas, including their repatriation, they added.

Eamon Gilmore arrived in Cox's Bazar on Thursday morning with a five-member delegation for a two-day visit to observe the condition of Rohingya refugees and engage with individuals concerned.

The delegation landed at Cox's Bazar airport at around 10am. From there, they proceeded to the Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila.

At 11am, the EU delegation visited the UNHCR-run Rohingya registration program at Ukhiya Kutupalong Camp No 4. 

Later, they visited the Unicef-run Rohingya Children's Learning Centre and the Rohingya education program.

The delegation visited the eVoucher Centre managed by the United Nations World Food Programme in the afternoon.

Gilmore interacted with a delegation of the Rohingya community at UNHCR's Community Centre. 

The Rohingya delegation comprised community leaders, both men and women, and several Rohingya youths.

EU representatives, including Gilmore, exchanged views on various issues, including the human rights situation, with representatives of the Rohingya community at UNHCR's Community Centre.

Participating in the discussion, Ali Akbar, a resident of a camp in Ukhiya, said: "When Gilmore was informed of the reduction of food aid in the Rohingya camp, he assured us in this regard.”

Maryam Begum, a resident of the same camp, said that the EU representative heard their opinions.

“We said that we are ready to return to our country at any moment. We need the help of the people of the world in the repatriation process with our rights.”

Another Rohingya named Ashrafuzzaman said: "Gilmore assured us that the European Union is always with the humanitarian needs of the Rohingya, including repatriation."

Finally, the EU delegation left for Cox's Bazar city in the afternoon after visiting the Rohingya Cultural Centre run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Eamon Gilmore is scheduled to hold an exchange of views with senior government officials at the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Office, and at night a meeting will be held with officials from various international organizations, including the United Nations, in Cox's Bazar.

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