Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged Myanmar government for early repatriation of the Rohingya Muslims, who crossed into Bangladesh in their hundreds of thousands fleeing violence in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state.
The premier made the call at a time when Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali was pursuing a deal with Myanmar to being the process of repatriation of the Myanmar’s minority Muslims.
Hasina was addressing a parade marking the handover of National Standard (national flag) to the Corps of Military Police Centre at Savar Cantonment near Dhaka.
The Prime Minister said her government has been engaged in constant dialogue with Myanmar officials so that the displaced Myanmar nationals could be able to return to their homes safely.
“It’s my call to Myanmar to start taking back soon their nationals from Bangladesh,” she said.
More than 620,000 Myanmar nationals crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar army launched an offensive against suspected Muslim insurgents blamed for carrying out attacks on security posts in Rakhine state on August 26.
Bangladesh has been taking the maximum care of those people displaced by the internal strife in Myanmar on humanitarian ground. The country has also been hosting more than 400,000 other Rohingya Muslims evicted from their homes in the 1970s and 1990s.
“These Myanmar nationals are a burden on Bangladesh. But, they are being provided with various facilities, including shelter, food and medicine despite various limitations,” Hasina said.
She said her government has taken various measures to resolve the crisis that unfolded in south eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar bordering Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
Different sections of people including the Armed Forces, police, border guards, alongside the administration, local public representatives and common people have been providing necessary services to the displaced people, Hasina mentioned.