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PM: Myanmar not acting as per Rohingya repatriation deal

  • Published at 10:50 pm February 25th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets American couple Paul and Ellen Connett, who received Bangladesh's 'Friends of Liberation War Honour,' at her office in the parliament complex in Dhaka on Monday; February 25, 2019 Focus Bangla

Rohingya refugees have already outnumbered the local people of Cox's Bazar, says the prime minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Myanmar is not working as per its commitment with Bangladesh on the repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine.

She made the comment when British couple Paul and Ellen Connett, who received Bangladesh's "Friends of Liberation War Honour," called on her at her office in the parliament complex in Dhaka.

The prime minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

Sheikh Hasina said the Myanmar government had pledged to take back its nationals from Bangladesh and agreements had also been signed with them following discussions over the issue.

But they are not acting as per the agreement, she said, adding that Rohingyas have already outnumbered the local people of Cox's Bazar.

About the relocation of the refugees, the prime minister said some 25,000 Rohingya families will be shifted to an island, being developed for them, where they will get better living conditions.

Referring to the experiences of the people of Bangladesh about the refugee life, she said 10 million people had taken shelter in neighbouring India during the 1971 Liberation War.

Besides, she and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana had to live in exile as refugee after the brutal assassination of their father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, Hasina said.

During the meeting, the Connetts apprised the prime minister of their visit to a number of places in Bangladesh, including the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.

They highly praised the government for what they said "excellent arrangements" of various facilities, including clean drinking water and sanitation system, for the Rohingyas at the camps.

The couple said they are planning to hold a concert in the US and its proceeds will be donated to the UNHCR for the Rohingya refugees.

Paul Connett recalled that he had entered Bangladesh first in October 1971 with freedom fighters and was impressed to see green Bangladesh.

The prime minister expressed her profound appreciation for their valour and sincere love and solidarity with the people of Bangladesh.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, Secretary SM Arif-ur-Rahman and Trustee of Liberation War Museum Mofidul Huq were also present at the meeting.