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Bangladesh seeks Asean support for Rohingya repatriation

AK Abdul Momen stated that Rohingya crisis should be a global responsibility to resolve the issue

Update : 02 Aug 2019, 10:46 PM

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has sought support and cooperation from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) regional forum partners so that Rohingyas can return to their homeland in safety and security.

The minister made the appeal while addressing the 26th Asean in Bangkok, a Foreign Ministry press release said on Friday.

Thailand as the chair of Asean is hosting this year's forum where foreign ministers from 26 countries and high representatives from European Union, USA, UK, Japan, China, and India are participating.

Minister Momen mentioned that if the Rohingya crisis remained unresolved for long, it might seriously undermine the security and stability of the entire region.

Momen sought comprehensive engagement of the international community, particularly Asean, in the creation of a conducive environment in northern Rakhine state as well as in the repatriation and reintegration process.

He stated that Bangladesh was not in a position to bear the brunt for indefinite period and it should be a global responsibility to resolve this issue.

At the forum, foreign ministers from Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and Malaysia urged Myanmar to create a conducive environment for early repatriation of Rohingyas in safety and dignity.

They sought Asean's enhanced engagement in this process while the USA, Canada and Malaysia particularly emphasized on ensuring justice and accountability in relation to atrocities committed against Rohingyas.

At this regional high-level forum, Minister Momen embarked on key regional issues including denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, degradation of marine environment, human trafficking, illicit drugs trafficking and cybercrimes.

The minister also held bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of Canada, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam on the sidelines of the forum.

During the bilateral meetings, Momen urged his counterparts to continue putting pressure on Myanmar to get back their nationals in safety and security.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas, most of who entered the country since August 25, 2017 after a crackdown by the Myanmar military.

The displaced Rohingyas are now living in 30 camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf of Cox's Bazar district.

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