Envoys call for rightful return of Myanmar nationals

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Desk report, December 18:  Ambassadors, high commissioners and diplomats of concurrently accredited countries to Bangladesh with residences in New Delhi on Sunday called for ensuring the rightful return of the Myanmar nationals, who were forcibly displaced from its Rakhine State, with dignity and security, reports UNB.

They made the call when they met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban in the evening.

The diplomats include ambassadors of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia and Ukraine, high commissioners of Cyprus, Mauritius and Kenya as well as chargé d’ affaires of Austria, Czech Republic and Ghana and second secretary of New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali was also with the envoys.

The New Delhi-based heads of missions and diplomats said they saw for themselves the condition of Rohingyas and added that their sufferings are very much painful.

Putting emphasis on consultation to resolve the crisis, they said the Myanmar authorities must take measures so that the Rohingyas can go back to their place of origin in Rakhine State.

They envoys highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her gesture of humanity by giving shelter to such a huge number of Myanmar nationals in a so good and well-organised manner, saying the arrangement is just wonderful.

To manage over one million people who entered Bangladesh is not so easy, rather it is too tough to organise, they said.

The envoys said the Rohingya crisis is not a problem of Bangladesh only rather it has now become an international problem.

The informed the Prime Minister that they will convey the message of the entire situation to their respective governments.

During the meeting, Sheikh Hasina reiterated her call for putting more international pressure on the Myanmar government to take back its nationals from Bangladesh ensuring their security and dignity.

She mentioned the bilateral discussion between Dhaka and Nay Pyi Taw, saying Myanmar has already signed an agreement with Bangladesh to take back its nationals.

The Prime Minister also said the Rohingyas have been brought under a registration process and they have been given ID cards to accurately ensure their identity.

She said steps have also been taken to build temporary shelters for the Myanmar nationals so that they could stay more comfortably there.

Hasina expressed her gratitude to the international community for their support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.

At the meeting, she also mentioned the refugee life of her and her younger sister after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 as well as the refugee life of the people in Chittagong Hill Tracts region.

The Prime Minister said insurgency had engulfed the CHT region for long and after coming to power in 1996, her government signed the CHT Peace Treaty whereby refugees returned to their homes solving the long-lasting problem.

PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were present.