Dhaka: 12:56 AM, Mon, 23 Sep, 2019

‘Myanmar not keeping its words on Rohingya repatriation’

Amirul : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2019-06-12 3:58:30 PM     ||     Updated: 2019-06-13 12:47:01 PM

Secretariat Correspondent: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Myanmar is not keeping its words on the Rohingya repatriation rather the country is telling a blatant lie on the issue.

The foreign minister made the comment while briefing diplomats stationed in Dhaka around 11:00am on Wednesday.

Momen briefed the heads of diplomatic missions and UN agencies in Dhaka at State Guest House Padma on the recent developments related to Rohingya repatriation. Senior foreign ministry officials were present at the event.

Momen said, “Myanmar is telling a blatant lie on the Rohingya repatriation. They are blaming Bangladesh for the delay of Rohingya repatriation. But Bangladesh is very sincere to begin the Rohingya repatriation.”

He said Bangladesh strongly protested the fabricated remarks and disinformation spread by Myanmar officials. He presented relevant facts and arguments to invalidate Myanmar’s allegations and also to expose Nay Pyi Taw’s disrespect to its obligations and commitments.

“Basically, we gave the diplomats an update about Myanmar as one of its ministers at a recent event in Japan blamed Bangladesh for the lack of progress in Rohingya repatriation. He also claimed that Bangladesh is not cooperating with Myanmar in this regard.”

Foreign Minister Momen strongly protested against the comment, saying: “We sincerely want Myanmar to take back its citizens. But Myanmar has repeatedly been breaching its promises.”

He said the repatriation was supposed to begin first in January last year and later in November, 2018. “But it didn’t happen.”

Momen said they joined the 4th joint commission meeting in Myanmar in May last with a high hope to get very positive results. “But we still couldn’t commence the repatriation process.”

The minister sought comprehensive engagements and decisive actions from the international community for the earliest repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingya population and their reintegration in Myanmar with safety and dignity.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas. Most of them came here after the Myanmar military launched a brutal offensive in the pretext of a ‘clearance operation’ on August 25, 2017.

risingbd/Dhaka/June 12, 2019/Hasan/AI