‘It is very tough for us to arrange food, clothes and accommodation for the over 1.1 million Myanmar nationals for an indefinite time’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the security and stability of Bangladesh could come under threat if the displaced Rohingya people are not repatriated to their homeland in Myanmar soon.
"If we can't send them back soon, there's an apprehension that our security and stability will be at stake," she told parliament, while replying to a tabled question from Awami League lawmaker Nur Mohammad of Kishoreganj 2 constituency, reports UNB.
"It is very tough for us to arrange food, clothes and accommodation for the over 1.1 million Myanmar nationals for an indefinite time,” she said.
This is why the government has been making diplomatic efforts to find out a permanent solution since the very beginning of the crisis in order to send the forcibly displaced Rohingyas back, she added.
Hasina said these displaced people, who are deprived of basic rights by the Myanmar authorities, were naturally suffering from dissatisfaction.
Noting that any repatriation process is a very complicated and lengthy process, she said Bangladesh and the international community were exerting pressure on Myanmar to create a congenial environment in Rakhine state.
Unfortunately, she said, it is true there has been no visible progress in the situation due to a rigid stance of Myanmar government.
Besides, Myanmar is involved in carrying out propaganda in the international arena that the Rohingya repatriation is being delayed due to Bangladesh’s noncooperation, she added.
The prime minister said Bangladesh repeatedly raised voice in different fora that Myanmar was responsible for taking back it’s displaced people, and Myanmar will have to take the initiative in this regard.
She reminded the parliament that Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a total of three bilateral agreements. The repatriation process would be completed within two years according to an agreement out of three. "But the Myanmar government has delayed the process in many ways."
In reply to a question from treasury bench member M Abdul Latif of Chittagong 11 constituency, Hasina said the government has set a target to create some 15 million jobs in the next five years.
She said the present government has taken various measures to transform the young generation into human resources by creating jobs in line with strategies and targets of the seventh five-year plan (2016-20).