Rohingya repatriation to start in mid-November
Rohingya repatriation will start in mid-November. The Rohingya refugees began to arrive in the country from September last year after being victim of repression by the Myanmar army. At present around 11 lakh Rohingyas are residing in Bangladesh.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said this at a joint press conference on Tuesday after holding the third meeting of Bangladesh-Myanmar joint working group at the state guest house ‘Meghna’ in the morning.
Shahidul Haque said, it is possible to take back Rohingyas safely to their country if there is political will between the two countries. Discussions were held today (Tuesday) on the issue.
He said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to begin Rohingya repatriation process in a peaceful way. For that reason initiatives are being taken repeatedly for discussion with Myanmar and discussions are going on.
At that time Foreign Secretary of Myanmar Mynt Thu said, to create secured and livable condition for Rohingyas in Rakhine, Myanmar government is working to increase awareness among local people’s representatives, government officials and general people. Workshops are being organized over the issue.
Mynt Thu said, joint working group will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. After completion of first phase repatriation the next step will be taken based on discussion.
He said, cordial and open discussions were held in the joint working group meeting. Specific decisions were taken in some aspects.
In the meeting Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque led the 15 member Bangladesh representative team while Myanmar Foreign Secretary Mynt Thu led their side.