Hasina accuses Myanmar of challenging the promise on the repatriation of Rohingyas
DHAKA: Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheik hasina on Sunday accused Myanmar of being reluctant to repatriate their more than one million Rohingya citizens who defy their promise and claim that some international aid agencies want to keep the refugee crisis alive.
Bangladesh hosts over a million Rohingyas in makeshift refugee camps in its southeastern Cox's Bazaar district as the fled to Myanmar military crackdown in August 2017 generating the worst refugee crisis in the recent history.
In January 2018, a deal was signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate Rohingya refugees. Myanmar had agreed to accept 1,500 Rohingyas each week, Bangladesh said at the time, adding that it was intended to return all of them to Myanmar within two years.
The problem lies with Myanmar as they do not want Rohingya to return by any means though it signed an agreement with Bangladesh promising to repatriate them, she told a press conference at her Ganabhaban official residence.
The prime minister feared that some international aid agencies and volunteers are also unwilling to resolve the crisis. They never want the refugees to return home, he said.
This is what I see, he said at a press conference on his tour of Japan over three nations. Saudi Arabia and Finland in Ganabhaban.
China, Japan and India - took Myanmar 's side in the crisis, the premier said Bangladesh separately held talks with these countries and they all acknowledged Rohingyas as Myanmar nationals and agreed they should return there.
(But) they (the three countries) argued that if they confront Myanmar over the issue, then they will be there to convince them (Naypyidaw), she said.
The prime minister, Hasina, also said that she will travel to China in July at the invitation of the Chinese president. Xi Jinping . It will be his first visit to China after forming a government for the third consecutive term.
The prime minister said he could also visit India if invited.
Responding to another question about whether the nations of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) were in favor of the repatriation of Rohingyas when referring to the crisis at the summit that has just taken place in the forum of 57 countries of Muslim countries, the prime minister he said certainly.
Hasina expressed concern about the security factors that involve the Rohingyas, since it was found that many of them were engaged in criminal activities, forcing the authorities to ask the armed forces and police agencies to intensify their vigil.
We asked them to form a security group around them (Rohingya camps) and to enforce a constant patrol, he said.
The prime minister, however, wondered why the Rohingyas were not willing to be relocated on the coast of Bhashan Char, where the government built comfortable structures for their accommodation.
The United Nations said senior Myanmar military officials should be prosecuted for genocide in, but the country insists it defending itself against militants.