PM concerned over Rohingya repatriation process
Dhaka, May 25: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed concern over the uncertainty created in the Rohingya repatriation process due to the recent change in the internal situation in Myanmar. The Prime Minister expressed her concern during a courtesy call on visiting UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Volkan Bozkır at Ganobhaban on Tuesday (May 25) morning. Later, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.
Referring to the fact that more than one million Myanmar Rohingyas have taken refuge in Bangladesh after being forcibly deported as victims of ethnic cleansing, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "We were in discussions with the Myanmar government on this issue. Although there was no significant progress."
Regarding the current situation in Myanmar, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh is monitoring the current situation in Myanmar. But the situation in Myanmar has caused uncertainty in the Rohingya repatriation process.
Referring to the preparation of Bhasanchar for the temporary accommodation of Myanmar Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said more than one lakh Rohingyas could be taken to Bhasanchar Island. So far, more than 18,000 Rohingya have been taken there.
UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Volkan Bozkır praised Bangladesh for providing humanitarian assistance to more than one million Rohingya.
Apart from the Rohingya crisis, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkır discussed the upcoming UN General Assembly session, climate change and the Covid-19 situation.
The President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Volkan Bozkır, has expressed his intention to convene the UN General Assembly this year in person. "I am thinking of having one representative from each country at this year's UN session," he said.
Praising Bangladesh's progress in gender inequality and women's empowerment under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Volkan Bozkır said Bangladesh has achieved tremendous success under the leadership of a Lady Prime Minister. Regarding the transition of Bangladesh from a least developed country, the UNGA President said, Bangladesh is an example to the whole world.
He expressed satisfaction with the infrastructure of Rohingyas in Bhasanchar.