Bangladesh urges India, China, ASEAN should monitor safety of Rohingya
Saleem Samad of DOT
Bangladesh wants India, China and the ASEAN nations to monitor the promise of safety by Myanmar to ensure protection of the Rohingya community.
India’s prestigious newspaper The Hindu on Sunday quoting an official privy to the issue, writes that the Bangladesh statement reflects a new official position that Dhaka has adopted.
Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, had already informed the Indian leadership about the new position of Dhaka during his official visit to New Delhi last week. “The Minister had asked for a safe haven for the Rohingya in Myanmar that should be watched by the ASEAN, India and China,” said a diplomatic source.
Dr. Momen had mentioned the plan for safe haven for the Rohingya in Myanmar for the first time in January after he was sworn in as the Foreign Minister. The Hindu newspaper was informed that he shared this idea with both Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
During FM’s visit, Bangladesh took up the issue of repatriation of the Rohingya refugees to Myanmar’s Rakhine province where a major military campaign displaced more than a million Rohingya, who fled to Bangladesh in 2017.
Ever since, there have been several discussions to ensure repatriation of the community from the Chittagong region where they are stationed in temporary camps constructed by the international community and the Bangladesh government.
However, such agreements do not enjoy sufficient credibility among the Rohingya who apprehend that the Myanmar military might carry out more attacks against them once they are repatriated.