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Minister: Some Rohingyas being allowed in

  • Published at 06:32 pm November 24th, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:59 pm November 28th, 2016
Minister: Some Rohingyas being allowed in
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Hassan Mahmood Ali indicated a slight softening of the government's tough stance on the Rohingya refugee crisis on Thursday, at a press briefing ahead of his upcoming visit to Hungary for the Budapest Water Summit 2016. “Bangladesh still stands firm on refusing to open the border with Myanmar, (but) in some cases we are allowing in Rohingyas after considering the inhumane conditions they have escaped from,” the minister said, before appearing to concede that some of the new arrivals had not necessarily been waved through.

“Despite our tightened security measures, some Rohingyas are entering Bangladesh as the entire border with Myanmar is yet to be fully secured,” he added. “The government is providing them with food and emergency services."

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The United Nation’s refugee agency UNHCR and New York-based rights body Human Rights Watch have both asked Bangladesh to open its border with Myanmar and allow the Rohingyas to seek protection.

According to our correspondents, several hundred have managed to enter Bangladesh in the last two days, with some taking shelter at the makeshift official Rohingya camp at Leda of Mochina in Teknaf.

This is despite Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal having said on Tuesday that the BGB and the Coast Guard had been alerted to prevent the illegal entry of Rohingyas.

“Rohingya migration is an uncomfortable issue for Bangladesh. Hopefully, no more illegal migration will happen now,” Kamal said.

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On Wednesday, the regional commanders of BGB and Border Guard Police of Myanmar sat for a courtesy meeting in Cox’s Bazar, and agreed on sharing information to stop infiltration and smuggling.

The same day, the Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh Myo Myint Than was summoned to the foreign ministry in Dhaka for a meeting with Additional Foreign Secretary Kamrul Ahsan.

Through the ambassador, Kamrul conveyed the government’s deep concerns to Myanmar over the Rohingya influx at the borders. He also urged the Myanmar government to take urgent measures to reinstate normalcy in the Rakhine state so that the displaced people could return to their villages with a sense of security and conduct an impartial investigation.

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Additional Foreign Secretary Kamrul Ahsan also protested against what he described as a tendency of the Myanmar media to implicate Bangladesh in the incidents in Myanmar.

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque on Wednesday said that the two governments had held no direct conversation over the Rohingya crisis. He said that the ongoing conflict with Rohingya was not a bilateral issue and that it should be fixed by Myanmar.