Return of Rohingyas: Hamid urges Myanmar to take steps | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 16, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:48 AM, February 16, 2018

Return of Rohingyas: Hamid urges Myanmar to take steps

President Abdul Hamid yesterday called upon Myanmar to take steps so that the displaced Rohingyas can return home in Rakhine with dignity and safety.

He also requested the neighbouring country to create a congenial atmosphere and build confidence in this regard.

The president made the request when a seven-member delegation,   led by Myanmar Home Minister Lt Gen Kyaw Swe, met him at the Bangabhaban in the evening.

Hamid stressed on implementation of Kofi Annan commission's recommendations to end the Rohingya crisis.

He mentioned that a joint-working group has already been formed following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Bangladesh and Myanmar for the repatriation.

He hoped that the Myanmar government would take initiatives to rebuild Rohingyas' houses as well as to give back their properties, including arable land, shops and business centres, immediately after their return.

On different bilateral issues, the president said Bangladesh and Myanmar can work together on different issues, including peace, security and development.

“If a peaceful environment prevails in frontier areas between the two countries, the bilateral trade and commerce will also be expanded in future.”

The Myanmar home minister said his country was ready to start the repatriation of Rohingyas and a reception camp was set up in this regard.

He said their government would implement the recommendations of the Kofi Annan commission in phases.

Kyaw Swe also lauded the development activities in Bangladesh.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, secretaries of ministries concerned and senior civil and military officials were present.

Kyaw Swe arrived in Dhaka yesterday afternoon on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.


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