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Myanmar must consider taking back its nationals: FM

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Published on : 10 October 2017, 05:12 PM
Myanmar must consider taking back its nationals: FM


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Tuesday said Myanmar would have to play a key role in determining Rohingya issue and consider taking back its nationals from Bangladesh.

"To that end, the international community must continue mounting pressure on Myanmar (to make their return sustainable)," he said.

The Foreign Minister said around 3,000 Rohingyas were killed following the army operation in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 25.

Some 284 villages were burned down till September 19, he said.

The Foreign Minister was addressing a symposium on Rohingya crisis at BIISS (Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies) in Dhaka.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque also addressed. 

The solution to the crisis will be long-term, and the government is working on it, said Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque.

Earlier, Bangladesh has disagreed with Myanmar over the return of Myanmar nationals to their homeland from Bangladesh according to the 1992 Joint Statement saying the situation of 1992 and the current situation is “entirely different.”

He referred to the recent visit of Myanmar’s Union Minister Kyaw Tint Swe to Dhaka on October 2 at his invitation.

The Foreign Minister notified that during the meeting the Union Minister has expressed Myanmar’s willingness to take back the “displaced residents” of Myanmar and recommended to follow the principle and criteria agreed upon in the 1992 Joint Statement.

He informed that Bangladesh had welcomed the visit of Union Minister and his willingness to work together for the return of the coercively displaced Myanmar nationals.

However, about the principles and criteria of return under the 1992 Joint Statement, Minister Ali highlighted that the situation of 1992 and the current situation is entirely different.

"Identification of Rohingyas based on their residences in Rakhine would not be realistic,” said a Foreign Ministry statement issued after the briefing as almost half of the villages in Rakhine state have been torched down by the Myanmar army.

Bangladesh, hence, proposed and handed over a new arrangement to the visiting Minister outlining the policies and measures for repatriation.

Acknowledgment from Myanmar on the proposed arrangement of return is expected.

Minister Ali also informed that both sides also agreed to form a Joint Working Group in this respect.

The Foreign Minister also shared that Myanmar has invited him and the Home Minister to visit Myanmar and the invitations have been accepted.

Ali thanked the international community for their assistance and requested them to continue their engagement till a peaceful means is affirmed to resolve this humanitarian crisis.

Tags: Rohingya , Myanmar