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Rohingya: Dhaka wants Suu Kyi to join talks in Beijing

  • Published at 11:43 pm October 12th, 2020
Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the top United Nations court, during court hearings in a case filed by Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population, in The Hague, Netherlands December 12, 2019 Reuters

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming proposed a tripartite meeting between foreign ministers of the three countries - Bangladesh, Myanmar and China

Bangladesh wants Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be present at a tripartite meeting in Beijing, as proposed by China to discuss Rohingya repatriation issues. 

"It will not be done without her presence. She should be there," Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen conveyed to China.

Suu Kyi, state counsellor of Myanmar, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize but she has subsequently been widely criticised for doing nothing to stop the rape, murder and genocide in Rakhine, refusing to condemn the Myanmar military or acknowledge accounts of their atrocities.

The foreign minister said the number one objective of Bangladesh is to see the repatriation of the Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State. 

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming proposed a tripartite meeting between foreign ministers of the three countries - Bangladesh, Myanmar and China.

"We are ready," Dr Momen said, with such a meeting likely to be held in Beijing. 

The first such meeting was held in New York, said the foreign minister.

Dr Momen said the Chinese ambassador had informed him that they would work out the plan for the next meeting and speak with Beijing.

The foreign minister said India has also agreed on the sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar. 

Chinese ambassador concerned because of repatriation delay

During his meeting with Dr Momen on Sunday, the Chinese ambassador expressed concern due to the delay in repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State.

Dr Momen sought the Chinese government's support for the quick and sustainable return of Rohingyas to Myanmar.

Eight people, from both the Rohingya and host communities, were killed in a series of clashes in Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps recently.

Dr Momen said the Rohingyas may pose a threat to security in the region if their repatriation to Myanmar is delayed. 

There are allegations that Rohingyas are engaged in drug smuggling.

Dr Momen said there have been an increased number of incidents at the Rohingya camps amid the absence of barbed wire around the camps. 

He also said locals’ displeasure of Rohingyas and international organizations is intensifying due to delays in the repatriation process. 

The foreign minister also shared with the Chinese Ambassador Myanmar's troop deployment close to the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. 

Dr Momen said humanitarian support and improvement of their livelihoods are not enough to resolve the problem. 

"It needs a permanent solution through Rohingyas repatriation to Myanmar," he said.

Chinese Ambassador Jiming agreed with the Foreign Minister, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

‘Rohingyas may jeopardize regional, international security’

The foreign minister recently said Rohingyas would "jeopardise regional and international security" if the 1.1 million Rohingya people are left unattended and not given the opportunity to return to their homeland.

Bangladesh sought a proactive role from both ASEAN and Thailand in the repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State.

Repatriation attempts failed twice, in November 2018 and August 2019, due to the Rohingyas' lack of trust for the Myanmar government.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017.

On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on the “Physical Arrangement,” which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

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