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US wants seeing ‘real progress’ on Rohingya repatriation: Miller

United States (US) Ambassador to Bangladesh

Earl Miller today said his country wants to see ‘real progress’ on ground in

Myanmar so persecuted Rohingya community can return to their land of origin

in sustainable manner.

“We really want to see some progress having people (Rohingyas) return (to

Myanmar),” he told reporters after inaugurating a US funded ‘STEM’ education

project at BRAC center in the capital.

Miller said conducive condition on the ground for safe, sustainable,

dignified return of all Rohingyas must be ensured and the repatriation

‘should start immediately’.

“What’s happening next door (Myanmar) … (and) how that will affect the

(Rohingya) repatriation efforts, we have to see,” Miller said indicating the

recent military coup in Myanmar.

The US envoy invited international community to join US in imposing severe

sanctions on Myanmar that assault democracy.

Miller said international community should step up more and help

Bangladesh in the region and globe resolve the crisis.

Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas in

Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there since August 25, 2017

after a military crackdown by Myanmar.

That military crackdown is dubbed a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”

by the UN and “genocide” by other rights groups.

The Us ambassador along with Australian and Japan envoys here visited

Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar last week to reiterate their unwavering support

to Bangladesh’s humanitarian aid towards persecuted nationals of Myanmar.

Adding, that was his 12th visit to Rohingya camps, Miller said the visit

gave a very positive strong message for continuing support from the

international community.

“Not only support of humanitarian assistance .. support for ongoing

pressure on Myanmar (as well),” he said.

As a partner country of Bangladesh, Miller said, the US under the new

Biden administration has been trying to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

“We will continue to push (Myanmar) … (as well) to support the host

community,” he said.

He said the new US government has taken the Rohingya crisis seriously

while it has started reviewing the genocide incidents allegedly occurred in

Myanmar against its minority communities.

The Us ambassador highly lauded Bangladesh’s frontline health workers for

their ‘remarkable’ achievement in handling pandemic at hugely dense Rohingya

camps in Cox’s bazar that hosts millions of persecuted Myanmar nationals.

In modern history, he said, no country like Bangladesh has taken on so much

burden by absorbing such a huge number of persecuted communities.

On Monday, Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen appealed to the international

community to work sincerely, instead of paying “lip service” for repatriation

of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.

“Imposing sanctions on some generals will not work,” he said suggesting

that the international community should go to Rakhine and ask Myanmar to

create conducive conditions for repatriation of the Rohingyas.

Myanmar has been committing gross human rights violations, but some

countries that advocate human rights are doing business with it and the

volume of their trade is increasing, he added.

During his recent visit to the US last month, Dr Momen said that Dhaka

looks forward to the US government’s concrete steps and leading role,

including his proposal to appoint a Special Envoy on Rohingya, in achieving a

sustainable solution to this Rohingya crisis.

He hoped that the US Biden Administration would put more political and

economic sanctions on Myanmar to create a conducive environment for safe and

dignified return of the Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine.

In last three years, Myanmar did not take back a single Rohingya while the

attempts of repatriation failed twice due to trust deficit among the

Rohingyas about their safety and security in the Rakhine state.

Bangladesh handed over biometric data of 8,30,000 Rohingyas while the

Myanmar authority so far verified only 42,000 displaced people out of the

list.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)