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4 countries seek safety of Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar

  • Published at 01:51 am September 27th, 2019
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File photo of Rohingya women and children in a camp in Cox Bazar Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune

Heads of missions of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, in a joint press statement, laid emphasis on collaborative efforts by the international community to ensure repatriation of the Rohingyas in “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” manner

Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland have asked for a safe and secure situation in the Rohingya camps and surrounding areas in Cox's Bazar, so the Rohingya refugees as well asthe host community can feel safe and protected.

Heads of missions of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, in a joint press statement, laid emphasis on collaborative efforts by the international community to ensure repatriation of the Rohingyas in “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” manner.

“We note with concern that the conditions for return of the Rohingyas to Rakhine state in Myanmar in a voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable manner are not yet met,” they said.

The envoys said the international community must work jointly to urge and support steps by Myanmar towards a situation where this will be possible.

Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Winnie Petersen, Norwegian Ambassador Sidsel Bleken, Swedish Ambassador Charlotta Schlyter and Swiss Ambassador Rene Holenstein made the statement after visiting Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday and yesterday.

“We reiterate our high appreciation of the continued humanitarian and other assistance provided to the Rohingya refugee population by the government and the people of Bangladesh, including the local communities around Cox’s Bazar,” they said.

The ambassadors commended the excellent work done by the humanitarian agencies in facing this crisis.

“The strong collaboration between the Bangladesh government, local actors and the international community through the UN, INGOs and NGOs has been integral to this response,” said the envoys.

The diplomats said UN agencies and INGOs involved in the humanitarian response are playing instrumental roles in Cox’s Bazar, not only to alleviate the sufferings of the refugee population but also to support the host communities.

“We encourage the government of Bangladesh to continue its close collaboration with the humanitarian organizations, to preserve humanitarian operational space, and to enable them to function in a free and unimpeded manner and in a safe and secure environment,” they said.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas, the majority of whom entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017.