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25 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 25 April, 2019 01:46:25 AM
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Rohingya repatriation

UN agencies urged to step up efforts

Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka

Bangladesh yesterday urged the visiting heads of United Nations agencies to put more efforts to create a favourable environment in Myanmar’s northern Rakhain state for the safe return of Rohingyas. The state minister for foreign affairs, Md Shahriar Alam, also requested them to enhance the engagement with Myanmar in building schools, hospitals, mosques and other basic infrastructures for Rohingyas in their place of return.

He made these remarks during a meeting at his office with the heads of three UN Agencies: Filippo Grandi, United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Antonio Vitorino, director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Mark Lowcock, head of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

The state minister also reiterated the proposal of creating a safe zone in Myanmar, as proposed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the UN General Assembly, and requested the visiting dignitaries to persuade Myanmar to create such a safe zone. At the end of the meeting, the state minister assured the full support of Bangladesh to the humanitarian organisations working for Rohingyas and urged the UN agencies to take effective steps to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

The head of the three UN agencies are currently on a joint visit to Bangladesh from April 24 to 28. The delegation is scheduled to visit Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps on April 25-26. The delegation updated the state minister on the recent developments in the work of UN Agencies in the Northern Rakhine region of Myanmar. Members of the delegation felt that though the development was not significant, the situation was better than before.

The visiting guests also spoke of the funding status for implementing the Joint Response Plan-2019.

The delegation commended Bangladesh’s efforts to address the basic needs of the Rohingya refugees, saying the country has dealt with the Rohingya issue in an exemplary way. Its members said the visit was intended to express consolidated solidarity with Bangladesh. They also raised the issue of education, training and livelihood opportunities for the Rohingyas in the Cox’s Bazar camps.

Shahriar Alam informed the delegation that the Bangladesh government had already developed the Bhasan Char island to accommodate 100,000 Rohingyas. Relocating the Rohingyas to Bhasan Char would help address the congestion problem in the camps in Cox’s Bazar, he added.

The state minister expressed dissatisfaction at Myanmar’s failure to build confidence among the Rohingyas to return to their homeland.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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