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Bangladesh wants 'roadmap' at UN for return of Rohingyas

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The Bangladesh government has demanded that the United Nations adopt a clear action plan for the return of the Rohingya. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen made the demand during a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine S. Bergner in New York on Wednesday.

"We want the UN to come up with a clear roadmap on repatriation," he said at the meeting at the Bangabandhu Lounge of the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN. We have sheltered the Rohingya on humanitarian grounds; However, the solution to this crisis lies in their safe and sustainable return to Myanmar, which has not been possible in the last four years.

Informing about the Bhasanchar project, he said there is an opportunity for Rohingyas to engage in economic activities here. The United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance in Bhasanchar.

UN special envoy Bergner told the foreign minister that the UN was continuing to liaise with all stakeholders inside and outside Myanmar, including member states, to create a conducive environment for the repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar and to begin repatriation work "soon".

In the last few decades, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have taken refuge in Bangladesh as victims of oppression in Myanmar.

When the Myanmar army started mass killings, rapes and arson in Rakhine villages in August 2017, another seven and a half lakh Rohingyas came to Bangladesh.

In the light of the bilateral agreement with Myanmar, the initiative of repatriation was taken twice in 2019, but it was ruined due to the reluctance of the Rohingyas. The refugees refused to return, citing the lack of a conducive environment in Rakhine.

A total of 18,890 Rohingyas have been relocated from the Cox's Bazar camp to Noakhali's Bhasanchar since last December.

A statement from the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations said Foreign Minister Momen pointed out to the Special Envoy at a meeting on Wednesday the negative aspects of the long-standing position of the displaced Rohingya in Cox's Bazar, especially its impact on the indigenous people living in the area.

Meanwhile, Special Envoy Bergner also expressed interest in visiting Bhasanchar.

Later, the Foreign Minister had a virtual meeting with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations.

Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, among others, took part in the meetings.

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