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21 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 August, 2019 01:00:48 AM
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step towards planned repatriation

100 Rohingyas interviewed

Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka
100 Rohingyas interviewed

Around 100 Rohingya people of 21 families were interviewed at the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar yesterday to encourage them to return to Myanmar before their repatriation on August 22.  The interview was held in the presence of representatives of the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR and Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) to know whether these Rohingya people wanted to return. Sources said the representatives would resume the interviews on Wednesday as part of the repatriation process of the persecuted Rohingya people, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh after being displaced from the Rakhine state by the Myanmar Army. The representatives said they were making full preparation for the repatriation of the displaced Rohingyas but it would only take place on a voluntary basis. However, the sources said that the Rohingyas who were interviewed were unwilling to return until their certain demands, especially about their citizenship rights, were fulfilled.

Despite this, the RRRC said they were making preparation for their repatriation. Commissioner of the RRRC Abul Kalam told The Independent : “Today around 100 Rohingya people of 21 families were interviewed. It will resume tomorrow. If the Rohingyas want to go back voluntarily, they will be sent back.”

“We are continuing our preparation for the repatriation on August 22,” he added.

Meanwhile, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday told journalists at his office, “Myanmar has told us that they are fully prepared for the repatriation. We are also fully prepared. They have sent us a list of 3,450 Rohingyas for repatriation. We have given them a list of 50,000.” “We want to let the repatriation process begin. We want them to return as soon as possible. If they don’t go, their future will not be pleasant.

The peace in this region will be hampered. Without peace, we will fail to implement many future plans in the region,” he added.

“We have heard that many Rohingyas wants to return. But some Rohingyas along with some international and local NGOs are instigating them to stay on,” Momen said.

“The Rohingyas have raised the demand that they will not go until they get citizenship rights. But Myanmar said getting the citizenship rights was a process. If they return they will get cards to begin the process,” he noted.

He, however, said Bangladesh wanted safe, secured and free mobility of the Rohingya people in Rakhine, and Myanmar had agreed to ensure that.

About the repatriation, the foreign minister said, “China is very much involved in the repatriation process. They have made Myanmar agree

to it.” It has been learnt that preparation is going on for the repatriation of 3,850 Rohingya people of 1,037 families. Over 1.1 million Rohingyas, who were persecuted by the Myanmar Army, are currently staying in different camps at Cox’s Bazar.

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