Dhaka, Mar 28: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has requested India, as a member of the United Nations Security Council, to play a “strong role” in the early repatriation of the displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar.Prime Minister Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have reiterated the importance of safe, speedy and sustainable return of Rohingyas to their homeland for the greater security of the region.
India which shares border with Bangladesh and Myanmar assured its continued support in this regard, according to joint statement issued on Prime Minister Modi’s two-day state visit that ended on Saturday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed appreciation at the generosity of Bangladesh in sheltering and providing humanitarian assistance to the 1.1 million forcibly displaced persons from the Rakhine State of Myanmar.
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017. On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.
Bangladesh says the Rohingyas do not trust their government, and Bangladesh gave a number of proposals to build trust among them.
Bangladesh is trying in multiple ways — bilaterally, multilaterally, tri-laterally and through the judicial system — to find a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.
Bangladesh proposed deployment of nonmilitary civilian observers from Myanmar’s friendly countries — Japan, China, Russia, India and Asean countries, reports UNB.