Foreign minister, US ambassador push for resolving Rohingya crisis
Tribune Online Report

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat on Tuesday said resolving the crisis of Rohingya refugees was the responsibility of Myanmar and the US government is persistently pushing Myanmar to solve the crisis.

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Marcia Bernicat spoke on the Rohingya refugee crisis to reporters after visiting several registered and unregistered refugee camps in Teknaf and Ukhia upazilas of Cox's Bazar today.

"Rohingya refugee crisis is the problem of Myanmar and they have to solve it," she said. Bernicat also added that the US continues to insist Myanmar to resolve the issue and bring an end to the humanitarian crisis.

Bernicat said: "It is commendable that Bangladesh government is helping the Rohingya people.”

She also mentioned that US government officials have directly talked with the victims about resolving a number of their issues.

Bernicat visited the unregistered Rohingya refugee camp at Leda village in Hnila union of Teknaf and talked to Rohingyas who fled the Rakhine state of Myanmar to evade persecution. She also visited Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp at Hnila union.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali also addressed the Rohingya refugee crisis at the National Parliament while responding to a written question from Treasury Bench member Begum Pinu Khan today.

The minister said that Bangladesh would continue working for a permanent solution to Rohingya refugee crisis and subsequently repatriate the refugees.

“I hope that we would be able to reach an acceptable solution to the long-standing crisis through diplomatic understandings,” the minister said.

He also mentioned that Bangladesh is hopeful of working out a solution with “the friendly country Myanmar” with the cooperation of the United Nations, OIC and other regional bodies.

The minister mentioned that currently around 33,000 registered and over 300,000 unregistered Myanmar citizens are staying at different Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Chittagong and other parts of the country.

Mahmood Ali said that Bangladesh is continuing discussions with the Myanmar government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Rakhine state of Myanmar as soon as possible. 

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