Bangladesh requests diplomats to mount pressure on Myanmar

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen briefs diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday morning. Photo: UNBBangladesh has urged the international community to ramp up pressure on Myanmar to create conducive environment for repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingya people, reports news agency UNB.

After briefing diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday morning, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh clarified its position about the matter.

"They told us that they're with us. We told them to increase pressure on Myanmar to create conducive environment," he told the media. "Almost all of them agreed to do so."

In the briefing at State Guest House, Padma, Momen expressed dissatisfaction over Myanmar's failure to ensure security and creating conducive environment in Rakhine State in line with the provisions of the agreement signed by the two countries for the repatriation of Rohingyas.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas. Most of them crossed the border after the Myanmar military launched a brutal attack in the pretext of a 'clearance operation' on 25 August 2017.

Refugees and rights groups have accused the military and its local collaborators of crimes, including murder, rape, torture, loot, and arson.

UN's top human rights official described Myanmar's crackdown and treatment of Rohingyas as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Although Dhaka and Nay Pyi Taw have signed an agreement for repatriation, there has apparently been no progress in this regard.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has blamed Myanmar's reluctance to take back its people as a major barrier to the repatriation.

"The problem lies with Myanmar. It (Myanmar) in no way wants to take them back. There's the problem," she told the media on Sunday.

During Wednesday's briefing, foreign minister Momen sought comprehensive engagements and decisive actions from the international community for the earliest repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingya population and their safe and dignified reintegration in Myanmar.

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