Visit of Foreign Minister to New York: Dhaka will push for rapid repatriation of Rohingyas

File photo: Bangladesh Navy ships transport Rohingya to Bhashan Char in Noakhali on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune

No Rohingya have been repatriated in past four years due to “lack of an enabling environment” in Rakhine state

Bangladesh will reiterate its stance in favor of the rapid and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingya as Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen leaves Dhaka for New York early Sunday to attend two important events at UNGA.

One of the events will focus on the current situation in Myanmar where Bangladesh will reiterate its call to the international community for a speedy and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingya, Momen said.

“Our priority is repatriation. They [Rohingyas] must be repatriated. We want to make the repatriation of the Rohingya a condition, ”he said, noting that there had been a lot of talk about democracy and the general situation in Myanmar.

Bangladesh hosts over 1.1 million Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar and Bhashan Char in Noakhali.

No Rohingya have been repatriated in the past four years due to the “lack of an enabling environment” in Rakhine state and the lack of confidence of the Rohingya, officials said.

Read also – UNGA President Bozkir: We have not forgotten the Rohingya people

Momen said United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Volkan Bozkir invited him during his recent visit to Bangladesh.

“There will be a very good discussion. Many will join in,” said the foreign minister.

UNGA President Bozkir during his recent visit to Bangladesh said the General Assembly had not forgotten the Rohingya people.

“To the people I have met, I will keep my promise to share your stories in New York,” he tweeted after visiting the Rohingya camps at Cox’s Bazar.

The UNGA president said fundamental rights, including citizenship, and the creation of conditions conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of all Rohingyas must be respected.

“The safety and security of the Rohingya and other minorities must be ensured,” he said during his speech at the sixth conference of the Bangabandhu lecture series at the Foreign Service Academy.

Momen will participate in another event ahead of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) where Bangladesh will highlight its issues related to its transition to developing country status.

The foreign minister is due to depart for the United States at 4:25 a.m. on Sunday on a Qatar Airways flight, a senior official told UNB.

He will return home on June 22.

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