Representatives of the Bangladesh authorities plan to meet with Myanmar authorities soon to discuss the return of Rohingya refugees. Known, since October 2016 thousands of Rohingya refugees are in the border area between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Reported by Reuters, the meeting was planned today (20/2). However, until now there has been no confirmation about the representative of Myanmar authorities who will meet Bangladesh.
"The meeting will discuss how to bring the refugees back to Myanmar," said Commissioner of Relief and Refugee Repatriation Bangladesh, Abul Kalam, Monday / 2/2018).
Though this repatriation effort was attempted as soon as possible, Kalam said it would not give a time limit for the refugees to return to Myanmar. He wanted the refugees to voluntarily return to his country.
Therefore, Kalam also asked Myanmar to create a conducive situation to welcome the return of its citizens.
"We can not force them to repatriate," he said.
that, the Myanmar authorities have declared only Rohingya refugees with national verification cards to be accepted back. In fact, the idea of this card previously been rejected by the community leaders Rohingya. According to him, Myanmar seems to regard its citizens as immigrants.
One of the Rohingya community leaders, Dil Mohamed, called Myanmar should open with open arms all citizens who want to go home. In fact, the Myanmar government is obliged to compensate for any loss and damage caused by the conflict in Rakhine.
He also mentioned that the Myanmar government must ensure Rohingya refugees can return to their respective homes safely and fulfill all their basic rights as
"We want to return home safely, we need security and all our rights as citizens, including citizenship status," said Dil.
The return of Rohingya refugees received great attention from the Council UN Security for Refugees (UNHCR). The head of the UNHCR Public Information Center at the Rohingya camp, Cox's Bazar, believes Rakhine is not yet safe to return to the refugees' return.
"We encourage both countries to ensure their return is done with the consent of the refugees and done safely and honorably," he said. .
(tsa / rvk)