Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh, China, Myanmar to sit Jan 19

Rohingya repatriation push

Bangladesh, China, Myanmar to sit Jan 19

News Report: After two final sendoff bids having flopped, hopes for Rohingya repatriation rises again as another Bangladesh-China- Myanmar tripartite secretary-level meeting is set for January 19 in Dhaka with some catalytic factors in the backdrop. "We hope it will be a fruitful meeting," Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told reporters Wednesday. Bangladesh has handed over a list of 8.4 lakh Rohingyas to Myanmar for verification, as a precondition for the return, Momen said. "Myanmar has verified very few people. They're very slow. They verified only 42,000 people," said the foreign minister in the run-up to the resumption of the repatriation process mediated by China after the veto power had headed off Banglsdesh from the UN motion onto the table of talks for a bilateral solution. In some significant developments, meanwhile, the Rohingya issue was taken to the ICC and the IJC under an OIC initiative. Hearings have been held and final orders are awaited. Dr Momen said they are doing their part of the job but Myanmar is not responding the same way. In reply to a question, the minister said he is always hopeful about the repatriation as Myanmar took back its nationals in 1978 and 1992 from among the previous arrivals. The government earlier had hinted that the repatriation talks would begin this month as there was no Rohingya repatriation in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Myanmar general election. More than three years ago, over 800,000 Rohingyas fled genocide and violence in Rakhine State into Bangladesh. "Though Myanmar agreed to take back their nationals after verification, no Rohingyas returned home. There is a lack of sincerity from Myanmar's side," Momen had said recently. "Myanmar is a friendly country. They aren't our enemy. We've nothing against Myanmar. Myanmar must create a conducive environment as Bangladesh wants to see the return of Rohingyas to Myanmar in safety and security," Dr Momen added. With inputs from UNB, agencies

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