Dhaka – The United Nations Security Council will help speed up implementation of an agreement Dhaka and Naypyidaw signed five months ago to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh facing military crackdown in Myanmar.
“The message we are conveying to Myanmar, to the refugees themselves and to the rest of the world that we are determined to find a solution of this crisis,” a member of the UNSC delegation told reporters in Dhaka on Monday.
Al-Otaib, the permanent representative of Kuwait to the UN, the UNSC cannot remain silent about the issue.
“When we go back to New York we will consider, we will try to explore to speed up the implementation of the agreement …for safe, free and voluntary and dignified return of the refugees,” he said.
Fourteen other members of the group, including five permanent members – US, China, Russia, France and United Kingdom – attended the news briefing organised at the Dhaka airport prior to the mission’s departure to Myanmar.
The mission visited Rohingya camps in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar to see first-hand the plights of the refuges in crowded camps. The delegation arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday.
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal in November after nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed the border following the military crackdown in Rakhine state of Myanmar. United Nations termed the crackdown as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing’.
The process of repatriation halted as Myanmar authorities made a procrastinated policy to verify the identity of the refugees. Lack of security for the possible returnees on the other side of the border is also considered.
The Kuwaiti diplomat said the process for repatriation would not be easy or it would not take place soon. But he encouraged both Bangladesh and Myanmar to show commitment to resolve the problem as soon as possible.
“We will go back and we do not want to raise the expectations of what the Security Council can do,” he said adding that the delegation will talk to the government officials in Myanmar too.
Earlier, the delegation called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence. Bangladesh urges the international community to help bring to and to the crisis.