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Home Minister urges Myanmar govt to take back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh

DHAKA, January 31, 2017 (BSS) - Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today urged the Myanmar government to take back the Rongingya refugees immediately from Bangladesh.

"They (Rohingya refugees) are creating social and environmental problems and getting involved in terrorist activities in south-eastern part of the country," he said while talking to journalists after a meeting with visiting members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State at his ministry.

The Advisory Commission members who attended the meeting are-Ghassan Salame, a former minister of Lebanon and senior UN Advisor and Professor of International Relations Emeritus, Al Haj U Aye Lwin, Chief Convenor of the Islamic Centre of Myanmar and a founding member of Religions for Peace, Andreas Indregard, Director of the office of the Chairman of the Advisory Commission on the Rakhine State and U Win Mra, Head of the National Human Rights Commission of Myanmar.

Meanwhile, from Bangladesh side, Home Secretary Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque and Additional Inspector General of Police (Adi-IGP) Special Branch Dr Javed Patwary were present at the meeting, among others.

The Home Minister said, the Rohingya problem has been existing for several decades and more than half a million displaced people have already taken shelter in Bangladesh territory. They have been creating social problem in their shelter areas and destroying forests after their recent large scale entry into Bangladesh, he said adding that some of them are also getting involved in terrorist activities.

Replying to an allegation on imparting arms training to Rohingas Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said quoting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's 'zero tolerance' stand that no terrorist or separatist would be allowed to use even a single inch land of Bangladesh for terrorist activities.

The Home Minister asked the Commission members known as Kofi Anan's Commission on Rohingya Issue to create pressure on Myanmar government regionally and internationally to take back the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)