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Govt asks honorary consuls to engage int’l bodies in Rohingya repatriation

  • Published at 07:51 pm June 11th, 2019
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File photo: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Speaks at a program marking Bangabandhu’s 99th birth anniversary 'Bangabandhu in the International Arena' at Jatiya Press Club on Sunday, March 17, 2019 Focus Bangla

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh does not have the capacity to host Rohingya refugees for an indefinite period of time

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has requested honorary consul generals of different countries working in Bangladesh and abroad to engage their respective governments and civil societies to facilitate the repatriation of Rohingyas refugees.

The foreign minister made the call with an aim to create a favourable environment in the Rakhine State of Myanmar for the Rohingya community and initiate the refugee repatriation process, said a press statement published on the ministry’s website on Tuesday.

The minister said Bangladesh does not have the capacity to host Rohingya refugees for an indefinite period of time.

“The security and stability of the region will be threatened if the placement of this community, which had been distressed and deprived of basic rights for generations, is prolonged in this country,” the release said.

The minister said Bangladesh is cordially trying to find a permanent solution for the Rohingya crisis under three treaties signed with Myanmar, such as the bilateral agreements of 1978 and 1992.

However, the beginning of repatriation scheme for the Rohingya community is still facing uncertainty due to Myanmar’s disinterest, and failure to create a favourable environment in Rakhine State for safe, dignified and voluntary repatriation following the bilateral agreements, added the statement.

“Bangladesh is expecting an active role of the international community in this regard,” Momen said.