Govt seeks int’l support for verification of Rohingyas, relocation to island-camps

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:15, Feb 05,2017


The government on Sunday requested the international community to take measures, including verification of nationality of Myanmar nationals, for their quick repatriation to their home in Rakhine State.

The government also requested the UN and other international partners to render their assistance for developing island-camps for Myanmar nationals living in Bangladesh and transporting them to the new place of residence in Thengar Char of Hatia in Noakhali.

Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali made the requests in a briefing session organised for the diplomatic community in Dhaka on the situation of Myanmar nationals here and the government’s plan to relocate them to Thengar Char.

Bangladesh would like the international community to take ‘meaningful measures for repatriation’ of minority Muslims of Rakhine State to their ancestral home in Myanmar, he said. 

As the Myanmar embassy official present in the meeting raised question about the nationality of the Rohingyas staying in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh side strongly said that the government was always ready for verification of their nationality under international supervision, according to meeting sources.

Bangladesh always received its citizens whenever they were in trouble in many countries, including Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and the UK, the minister told the diplomats, the government ‘hopes that all countries, including Myanmar, will take back their citizens, if needed’,   

More than 400,000 Myanmar nationals, including the newly arrived 69,000, who entered Bangladesh to flee persecution and communal violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, have been living mainly in two registered camps and makeshift settlements in tourist district Cox’s Bazar.

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