Dhaka, June 12 (BAN/ AD): Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen was addressing media on Wednesday he said “Myanmar has held Bangladesh responsible for the delay in repatriating the Rohingya refugees when Bangladesh stands ready to do it.” He also accused Myanmar of ‘lying’ about the issue of the repatriation of the forcefully displaced Rohingya people.
Bangladesh has given refugee to more than 700,000 Rohingyas since August 2017, after the Myanmar army initiated a crackdown in the Rakhine state. Apart from these around 400,000 Rohingyas has been living in Bangladesh during the past few decades. In November 2018 Bangladesh initiated the process of repatriating the Rohingyas after the Myanmar government agreed after international community pressurised to sign a deal to take them back.
The repatriation process was not welcomed by the Rohingyas as they refused to go back over fears that they might face aggression again. A Myanmar minister accused Bangladesh of non-cooperation on part of the Bangladesh government solving Rohingya problem.
Momen explained “They were supposed to create a favourable situation in the Rakhine state for the Rohingyas. Of 800 villages, only two were shown to have a suitable environment despite their claims that all problems had been sorted. Myanmar did not keep its promise.”
Diplomats from the United States, the UK, China, India, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil and representatives from the European Union, and different United Nations agencies were present at the briefing.