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UNGA disappoints Bangladesh, Rohingyas

We need a quick and sustainable solution to Rohingya crisis


Bangladeshpost
Published : 26 Sep 2023 08:55 PM | Updated : 26 Sep 2023 08:55 PM

Rohingya crisis has pushed Bangladesh to the limits. Bangladesh wants to resolve the Rohingya crisis through peaceful negotiation and the country expects similar reciprocity from Myanmar and international community. The government launched its diplomatic efforts to send them back and signed deals with Myanmar. But six years on, even a single Rohingya has not returned to their motherland for fear of being persecuted upon their return. 

It is disconcerting to note that United National General Assembly (UNGA) as well as the global leaders have frustrated Bangladesh, its people and also the Rohingya community over their failure to bring an effective solution to resolve Rohingya refugee crisis at the 78th UNGA session in New York. It is worth mentioning that repatriation attempt failed twice in November 2018 and August 2019 amid Rohingyas' lack of trust in the Myanmar government. 

It is crucial that the international

 community continues to maintain

 pressure on Myanmarto create a 

conducive environment so that the

 Rohingya refugees can return to

 their homeland with safety, security and dignity

Voluntary repatriation of the Rohingyas is the most viable and durable solution to the crisis. In order to make voluntary repatriations happen, Myanmar has to ensure that Rohingya refugees  will not be persecuted upon their return. We have done the best we can to ensure Rohingya repatriation through peaceful negotiation but nothing has gone in our favor so far. There is no denying that Suu Kyi was no good for us but there was still hope that through negotiation the two neighbouring countries would end up on a happy note. But now it is envisaged that Rohingya repartition will never be an important agenda for the military government of Myanmar. 

It is crucial that the international community continues to maintain pressure on Myanmar to create a conducive environment so that the Rohingya refugees can return to their homeland with safety, security and dignity. We expect a more vigorous role of the international community on the diplomatic front to compel Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas.