High-ranking military officers of 24 countries visit Rohingya camps

Published : 13 Sep 2022 08:08 PM

The Rohingyas have expressed their desire to return home if they are assured of a safe and dignified repatriation, including prosecution of the genocide, to senior officers of the 46th Indo-Pacific Armies Management, including army chiefs of several countries.

On Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., Myanmar citizens who took refuge in Bangladesh expressed this opinion to local and foreign army officials while visiting Kutupalong 4-extension Rohingya camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar.

Earlier at 11 am, a delegation of senior military officers from 24 countries, including Bangladesh Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed and US Army Pacific Region Chief General Charles A. Flynn, arrived to visit the Rohingya camp.

On reaching there, Kutupalong 4-extension camp CIC office exchanged views with senior army officers and officials of Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner office along with representatives of various United Nations organizations. Various aspects of the management of sheltered Rohingyas were highlighted.

Later, members of the delegation of local and foreign military officers interacted with the Rohingya citizens. 23 Rohingya women, men and children participated in it.

At the time, the Rohingyas told the army officials that they are not in any third country; Rohingyas are eager to return to their homeland. The Rohingyas will return to Myanmar if they are assured of a safe and dignified repatriation, including prosecution for genocide.

The Rohingyas, who have taken shelter from the army officers of 24 countries, said that they want the cooperation of the international community including these army officers to return with the right of citizenship.

Earlier, the 46th Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar started at an elite hotel in Inani, Cox's Bazar at 8:30 am.

High-ranking army officers of 24 countries including army chiefs of some countries participated in it. This event is being held for the third time in Bangladesh.

This year's theme of the seminar, jointly organized by Bangladesh Army and US Army Pacific, is 'Possibilities and Challenges of Maintaining Peace and Security in the Indo-Pacific'.

The three plenary sessions of the 46th IPAMS included strengthening peacekeeping, women's empowerment and land power in regional cooperation.

IPAMS is one of the flagship Army activities, a forum for the senior military leadership of Indo-Pacific regional land forces to exchange views and ideas on peace and stability.

IPAMS aims to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region through mutual understanding, dialogue and friendship. Bangladesh is co-hosting the seminar for the third time. Earlier, Bangladesh was the co-host of this event in 1993 and 2014.