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Bangladesh to diplomats: Myanmar is lying, How will we digest this?

Siam Sarower Jamil,
IT Correspondent
Dhaka, June 12

Bangladesh has urged the international community to ramp up pressure on Myanmar so that it creates an environment conducive to Rohingya repatriation.

After briefing diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday morning, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh has clarified its position about the matter,

He said: "They told us that they are with us. We told them to increase pressure on Myanmar to create a conducive environment.

"Almost all of them have agreed to do so."

Foreign Minister AKM Abdul Momen told reporters that recently the Myanmar minister said that Bangladesh is responsible for all the Rohingyas going to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is not cooperating in any kind. His statement is not correct. Bangladesh is always ready to return Rohingya.

He said, Myanmar is lying continuously, They does not keep talking. Myanmar was supposed to take back the Rohingyas. But it was not possible due to their non-cooperation. Due to the Rohingyas, different types of crimes are committed in Bangladesh's territory.

He said, 6 months ago when our meeting was held with Myanmar Joint Commission, they said they were working to get Rohingya back. They have repeatedly promised to take Rohingya. But no Rohingya is yet to return. Even those who are in Myanmar's no-manland are not even back.

The Foreign Minister said, we do not want to say anything against the neighboring country. Because they are our friends. But they are lying about taking Rohingyas back. How will we digest such lies? I request them to take back the Rohingyas. We will appeal to their friendly countries about the return of Rohingyas.

In the briefing at State Guest House Padma, Momen expressed his dissatisfaction over Myanmar's failure to ensure security and a conducive environment—in Rakhine State—in line with the provisions of the bilateral instrument for the repatriation of Rohingyas.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas.

Most of them came to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military launched a brutal offensive in the pretext of a "clearance operation" on August 25, 2017.

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

The 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, it has seen no progress.

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

"The problem lies with Myanmar. It [Myanmar] in no way wants to take them back. There is the problem," she told the media on Sunday.

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