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PM: Myanmar should resolve Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 08:50 pm October 2nd, 2019
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Bangladesh is currently sheltering over 1.2 million Rohingyas in a number of refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The prime minister said this in a recent interview with Voice of America (VOA) on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina once again reiterated that the Myanmar government had created the Rohingya crisis and they should be the ones to solve it.

“Whenever and whatever we’ve discussed with various countries and international organizations in different forums, all are sympathetic to this issue [Rohingya crisis] and all really mean that the Rohingyas are the citizens of Myanmar and they would return to their homeland,” she said.

The prime minister said this in a recent interview with Voice of America (VOA) on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.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

Mentioning that Bangladesh is not receiving such a level of response expected from Myanmar over the repatriation of Rohingyas, Hasina said: “The Rohingya problem was created by Myanmar as the conflict is between the Myanmar government and their people [Rohingyas]. Since, it’s an internal matter of Myanmar and they had created the problem, so, they would have to solve it, rather they should.”

She noted that it is also not a matter of dignity and respect for Myanmar since their Rohingya nationals are staying in another country.

The premier mentioned that after the exodus of Rohingya nationals to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the face of persecution and ethnic cleansing, Bangladesh government has received unprecedented response from various countries and international organizations as they had come up with fund, food, and treatment facilities.

A market inside Rohingya refugee camp at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar Dhaka Tribune“Tremendous pressure is also being created on Myanmar, but still we’re yet to get such level of response from them (Myanmar) in this regard. But, all the heads of state and government want that Myanmar take necessary steps in this regard and take back their nationals with safety and security,” she added.

Noting that the Rohingya problem has stepped into 3rd year, the prime minister said following the signing of a deal with Myanmar to send back their nationals, whenever an initiative is taken to send the Rohingyas back to Myanmar, some problems emerge and the Rohingyas are not sent back.

Referring to her four-point proposal at the 74th session of the UNGA, Sheikh Hasina said it would not be possible for her to give a timeframe when Myanmar would take back their nationals adding that they should take back the Rohingyas as early as possible.