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Foreign Minister: Myanmar postponed Rohingya talks on pretext of elections

  • Published at 10:50 am November 15th, 2020
File photo of Rohingy refugees holding placards at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, demanding justice and their safe and dignified return to Myanmar from Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh has been home to massive numbers of Rohingya refugees since the Myanmar government started to drive the ethnic group out of their homeland in 2017

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said that the Myanmar government has postponed talks on Rohingya repatriation on the pretext of the Myanmar elections and the coronavirus pandemic.

He made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion titled “Bangabandhu's Foreign Policy and Present Bangladesh” at Rajshahi University's Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Senate Building on Saturday evening.

Momen said that the Bangladesh government has always believed in resolving the long-standing Rohingya problem through dialogue. 

However, the Myanmar government has postponed talks on the Rohingya issue on the pretext of elections and the coronavirus pandemic, he added.

Also read: Rohingya repatriation: Dhaka hopeful of tripartite talks

Bangladesh is hosting over a million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar camps. The country has been home to massive numbers of Rohingya refugees since the Myanmar government started to drive the ethnic group out of their homeland in 2017. 

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

However, not a single Rohingya returned to Rakhine over the last three years.

On Friday, Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling party, which oversaw the systematic expulsion of Rohingyas from Rakhine, secured an absolute majority in Myanmar's election.

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