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Bangladesh shares borders with Myanmar and thinks stability in Myanmar is critically important in finding a durable solution for the Rohingyas who are victims of atrocity crimes.

In June this year, Bangladesh expressed “deep disappointment” over a new resolution on Myanmar at the United Nations General Assembly as “it has failed to recommend actions” on repatriation of the Rohingyas and failed to adequately reflect on the crisis.

Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen recently said since there was no major violence in the Rakhine state in the last four years, repatriation can start under the supervision of a neutral international body

The resolution did not include any recommendations or actions on the issue of repatriation of the Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar. Neither does it recognise or stress the need for creating a conducive environment in Rakhine for the safe, sustainable and dignified return.

The resolution also lacks determination to address root causes of the Rohingya crisis through collective means.

Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen recently said since there was no major violence in the Rakhine state in the last four years, repatriation can start under the supervision of a neutral international body.

Bangladesh also sought ASEAN role to convince Myanmar for creating a conducive environment for a safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas.

Momen recently suggested that an ASEAN-led observer team may be deployed in the Rakhine state to oversee the repatriation process.

Bangladesh remains “hopeful” about the repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine state despite the military government being in place considering the repatriation that took place in 1978 and 1992 (under military government), officials said.

Bangladesh had handed over a list of 840,000 Rohingyas to Myanmar for verification but the verification process by the Myanmar side was very slow, Dhaka says.

Repatriation attempt failed twice in November 2018 and August 2019 amid Rohingyas’ lack of trust in the Myanmar government.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on 23 November, 2017.

Earlier, on 16 January, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

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