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PM: UN, int’l bodies should work inside Myanmar for Rohingyas’ return

  • Published at 09:57 pm July 15th, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and outgoing French Ambassador Marie-Annick BOURDIN at PM's official residence Ganabhaban on Monday, July 15, 2019 Focus Bangla

Rohingya people outnumbered Bangladesh population in Cox's Bazar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said international organizations and UN should work inside Myanmar for the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

She also said Myanmar should start the repatriation process to take back its nationals from Bangladesh.

The Prime Minister said this when outgoing French Ambassador Marie-Annick BOURDIN met the PM at her official residence Ganabhaban on Monday, report UNB.

PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said the Prime Minister expressed her resolve that Myanmar has to take back its 1 million nationals from Bangladesh.

She said the government of Bangladesh continues talks with Myanmar to this end crisis.

"Some 40,000 Rohingya babies were born in Bangladesh. How long will Bangladesh would bear the brunt this huge burden of over 1 million Rohingyas?" she said.

Sheikh Hasina also said the Rohingya population has already outnumbered the local Bangladesh population in Cox's Bazar.

"The sooner they go back to their homeland the better for all," she said.

The French Ambassador highly appreciated the Prime Minister for giving shelter to Rohingyas and protecting them.

"France will continue its support to Bangladesh that it started right from beginning of the problem," she said.

Marie-Annick BOURDIN mentioned that the situation in Myanmar is not encouraging right now for the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

About climate change, Sheikh Hasina has emphasized on the implementation of the Paris Agreement, referring Bangladesh as the hardest-hit for climate change induced global warming though carbon emission is lowest here.

Many districts in the southern and coastal regions will be affected by the adverse impact of climate change, she reiterated.

Bangladesh formed a climate resilient fund with its own resources to combat the adverse impacts of the climate change, the Prime Minister said.

Talking about the issue, the French Ambassador mentioned that Paris will continue to play its role in this regard.

Sheikh Hasina congratulated the outgoing ambassador for completing her successful tenure in Bangladesh and appreciated her hard work to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.