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Roundtable: Bangladesh in big trouble if Rohingya crisis remains unresolved

  • Published at 02:37 pm November 18th, 2019
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File Photo: Rohingya men and women migrating to different camps in Cox Bazar Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh has been hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Cox’s Bazar since August 25, 2017 


Speakers at a discussion have laid emphasis on serious efforts from China and India and other friends of Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis otherwise they see Bangladesh in "big trouble" within next 10 years.

The Daily Bhorer Kagoj organized a roundtable, titled "Necessity of Rohingya Repatriation Considering Regional and Global Situation" at the National Press Club.

They laid emphasis on continuing pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas as the "time - bomb (Rohingya)" may explode anytime affecting Bangladesh and beyond.    

One of the discussants said he does not see any solution in 1-10 years until the United Nations (UN) imposes force as Myanmar is not willing to take back Rohingyas with a possibility of creating another Eastern Palestine.

Speakers at a roundtable, titled 'Necessity of Rohingya Repatriation Considering Regional and Global Situation' at the National Press Club on Monday, November 18, 2019 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The speakers said it is a national crisis and Bangladesh will be in big trouble if they cannot solve it.    

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam was attending the discussion as the chief guest moderated by the Daily Bhorer Kagaj Editor Shyamal Dutta.

Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain, former ambassadors Mohammad Zamir and Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, among others, spoke.

Bangladesh has been hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Cox’s Bazar since August 25, 2017 amid military crackdown on Rohingyas in Rakhine State.

Not a single Rohingya has been repatriated over the last two years due to Myanmar’s “failure” to build confidence among Rohingyas and lack of conducive environment in Rakhine State, officials said.

Bangladesh has so far handed over names of over a million Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities for verification and subsequently expediting their repatriation efforts but Myanmar is yet to take back its nationals from Bangladesh, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.