Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Myanmar to find a solution to repatriate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees languishing in squalid camps to their original homes.
Hasina came up with the call the call when outgoing Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka Myo Myint Than made a farewell call on her at the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister requested the ambassador to convey the message to his government to find a solution to repatriation of the Rohingya refugee from Bangladesh.
“We should find out a solution together to resolve the issue,” Hasina said adding that as a neighbor Bangladesh always want to resolve the issue through dialogue.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the prime minister reiterated Bangladesh’s position on the Rohingya issue saying the refugees are creating social and environmental pressure on Bangladesh.
There are many undocumented Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh, Hasina said adding that Rohingyas are also living in a very inhumane condition.
Pointing out the singing of the peace accord with insurgents in Chittagong Hill Tracts, the prime minister said Bangladesh brought back its refugees peacefully from India under the agreement.
Hasina also laid emphasis on strengthening cooperation with Myanmar as a neighbour to further boost economic ties.
The prime minister gave importance to activating the joint trade commission and cargo shipping service between the two countries.
The outgoing Myanmar ambassador said his government is serious to resolve the Rohingya issue and agreed to execute some recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission.
Some of the recommendations are difficult to implement, he said adding that the Myanmar government was serious to come to a solution on the issue.
The prime minister extended her invitation to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Bangladesh.