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Govt briefs foreign diplomats on Rohingya issue on Thursday

  • Published at 08:15 pm August 28th, 2019
Rohingya people-Syed zakir Hossain
File photo: Rohingya people line up to be interviewed for the repatriation to Myanmar outside the office of the camp-in-charge in Shalbagan refugee camp, Cox's Bazar on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The briefing will take place at the Padma state guest house

Against the backdrop of a second failed attempt to begin the repatriation of Rohingyas onAugust 22, the government will brief foreign diplomats about the protracted crisis impacting Bangladesh in a big way.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen will brief the heads of missions of all embassies and high commissions and other multilateral agencies, according to officials concerned.

The briefing will take place at the Padma state guest house  at 4:00pm, they said.

The second attempt to repatriate had to be aborted due to the unwillingness of the Rohingyas to return, since Myanmar failed to create a favourable atmos-phere for their safe, secure, and dignified repatriation.

Following the botched attempt, Myanmar accused Bangladesh of non-cooperation which was dismissed outright by Dhaka.

During the diplomatic briefing, the foreign minister will provide diplomats with Bangladesh’s position on repatriation and on the Rohingya issue as a whole, said officials. 

They added that Dr Momen will also reiterate Bangladesh’s “ever readiness” to begin the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, who had to take shelter in Bangladesh owing to unprecedented atrocities orchestrated by the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs, and people from other ethnic communities in Rakhine.

The minister will try to reinforce the notion that it is Myanmar which is re-sponsible for the non-commencement of repatriation as it is not fulfilling its obligations under the agreement signed between Dhaka and Naypyidaw more than 19 months ago.

He will, like in the past, urge the international community to put more pres-sure on Myanmar to compel it to take its own people back home.

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