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‘Making safe zones in Rakhine state is very complicated’

Afrida Ahmed

Bangladesh has proposed creating “safe zones” run by aid groups for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing into its territory following a military crackdown. However according to Channel 24, International relations and security analysts think that the process of making safe zones in Rakhine state is very complicated. Experts said that the experience of building safe zones in different parts of the world is not pleasant. Thousands of people are being killed in Rakhine. Bangladesh is now home to millions of Rohingya refugees. Dhaka sent the proposal to the Myanmar government through the International Committee of the Red Cross to secure three areas in RakhineBut will Myanmar agree to this Safe Zone proposal? The former ambassador said the process is complicated and the experience is not satisfactory.The spokesman of the company’s also said that building safe zone is not easy. Misada Saif has given us a similar proposal for sending it to the Myanmar government. We sent the proposal to our high officials in Geneva and they are monitoring the issue.We have no information on whether the proposal has been sent to Myanmar or not. It is a matter of a political decision between the two countries on whether a safe zone will be built or not. But creating safe zone is not an easy thing. We welcome any suggestions for creating a safe environment for displaced people. We will cooperate and help them as much as possible. But we do not have a party to negotiate.Security analyst Sakhawat Hossain believes that even though the process is complicated, the talks should continue in Bangladesh.

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