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Dhaka asks Naypyidaw to take back its nationals from Bangladesh

DHAKA, Jan 12, 2017 (BSS)- Bangladesh has asked Myanmar to take back all its nationals, who took shelter inside the country being persecuted in their homeland in Rakhaine state, and proposed to devise a strategy in this regard.

"Bangladesh demanded to bring back normalcy in Rakhaine state so that all Myanmar's nationals who took refuge inside Bangladesh could return their home after ensuring security and their livelihood," said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali here today.

Addressing a press briefing, Mahmood Ali said that Dhaka has also requested Naypyidaw to take necessary steps to find out the root cause of continued influx of Rohinga refuges to Bangladesh and resolve the crisis to stop recurrence of such situation.

The foreign ministry organised the briefing following yesterday's meetings of the visiting Myanmar's State Minister for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the foreign minister.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, among others, were present at the briefing.

During the meeting, the foreign minister said both the countries have attached importance to strengthening security cooperation with border management and agreed to sign two Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) on security dialogue cooperation and setting up border liaison office.

Expressing concern over the continued influx of Myanmar citizens to Bangladesh, he said Bangladesh informed the envoy that about 65,000 Rohinga refuges took shelter in Bangladesh following the violence erupted in Rakhaine state on October 9.

"We have also told him that stability in the southern Chittagong region especially the Cox's Bazaar district has been disrupted seriously due to illegal stay of over 300,000 unregistered Rohinga refugees in the region," he told the briefing.

The minister hoped that the visit of Myanmar's minister would pave the way for discussing various complicated issues between the two countries towards solving the long-standing crisis regarding repatriation of Rohinga refuges.

Around 33,000 Myanmar nationals had crossed the border following fresh violence in Rakhaine state and took shelter in two refugee camps in Cox's Bazaar.

Rohingyas began fleeing the Buddhist-majority country in the late 1970s, although the biggest influx was in 1992 when an estimated 250,000 fled to Bangladesh. Most of them were repatriated following an agreement between the two countries under the supervision of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)