DHAKA, Dec 29, 2016 (BSS) - Bangladesh today demanded early repatriation of Myanmar nationals summoning the country's ambassador Myo Myint Than at the foreign office and urged the neighbouring country to urgently address "the root cause" of the exodus from its bordering Rakhine state.
According to a foreign office statement, secretary for bilateral and consular affairs Kamrul Ahsan expressed deep concern at the continued influx of Muslims from the Rakhine State of Myanmar into Bangladesh as the envoy came to his office.
"Around 50,000 Myanmar citizens took shelter into Bangladesh since 09 October 2016. There are around 3,00,000 Myanmar nationals staying in Bangladesh for years," the statement quoted Ahsan as telling the Myanmar ambassador.
Ahsan, it said, told the ambassador that Dhaka was ready to engage with Naypyidaw to discuss the modalities of their early repatriation.
According to the statement Dhaka requested the Myanmar government to "urgently address" the "root cause" of the problem in the Rakhine State so that Rakhine Muslims, branded as Rohingyas were not required to "desperately seek shelter across the border".
During the meeting Dhaka also protested the "unprovoked attack and firing" on a Bangladeshi fishing boat named 'FV JANIVA KHALEDA 1 yesterday by a Myanmarese trawler.
"The boat was fishing off the south-east of the Saint Martin's Island within Bangladesh's territorial water. The firing left four Bangladeshi fishermen seriously injured," the statement pointed out.
Ahsan, its said, told the envoy that the Myanmarese trawler with armed people on board took the Bangladeshi fishing boat along with the fishermen including the injured ones to a nearby patrolling Myanmarese Navy vessel.
Myanmar navy personnel seized the belongings of the fishermen and released them after four hours.
Ahsan demanded appropriate investigation into the matter to bring the responsible to justice.
"The Secretary (Bilateral and Consular) sought assurance that the Myanmarese Navy would abstain from attacking innocent fishermen of Bangladesh in future," the statement said.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)