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Myanmar to send back rescued Bangladeshis

  • Published at 11:05 am May 23rd, 2015

The Bangladeshi migrants rescued by the Myanmar Navy on Friday will be deported to the country.

Director of the Myanmar presidential office Zaw Htay made the announcement on Saturday, reported the Associated Press.

He said: "The men rescued by the Navy were identified as Bangladeshi and would be sent to the neighboring country."

"We are ready to cooperate with other governments to resolve the ongoing problems through constructive engagement and on humanitarian grounds," Zaw Htay said.

On Friday, Myanmar's navy found two fishing trawlers filled with 208 men during a patrol off Rakhine state, the main point of departure for fleeing Rohingya.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats.

Ban said he has been discussing the emergency with regional leaders in Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand, among others, and urged them to provide search and rescue operations and options for resettlement and reintegration.

"It's important to save human lives," he said on a visit to Hanoi, Vietnam. But it's also important "not to send them back to a dangerous circumstance or situation."

The international community is slowly stepping forward with offers of assistance to help alleviate Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis.

On Wednesday, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to provide temporary shelter to the estimated 7,000 migrants stranded at sea.

However, both countries insisted that the migrants would need to be resettled elsewhere by the international community within a year.

The United States stepped forward Wednesday, saying it is willing to take in some Rohingya refugees as part of the international efforts.