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05:48 PM, May 02, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:55 PM, May 02, 2020

EU praises Bangladesh for allowing entry to 400 Rohingyas floating at sea

Representatives of European Union praised Bangladesh for showing continued generosity and humanity towards Rohingya refugees even in these trying times after they allowed safe landing and assistance to 400 Rohingyas floating at sea on April 16.

"We hope that countries in the region will follow this example [of Bangladesh]," EU High Representative and Vice President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Janez Lenarčič jointly said in a statement today.

They called on regional countries to conduct a search and rescue operation and to find a solution for the safe disembarkation of several hundred Rohingya refugees drifting for weeks at the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

"Several hundred Rohingya people, including women and children, have been drifting for weeks at sea in appalling conditions and are being pushed away from the shores of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea," they said.

Malaysia and Thailand pushed away Rohingya boats in the middle of last month during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Foreign Minister Abdul Momen last week requested UK to send Royal Navy to rescue the Rohingyas, while urging rights groups to put pressure on Myanmar as it is still involved in fighting against the Arakan Army, leaving the fate of Rohingya refugees fate in limbo.

The EU also urged all armed forces in Myanmar to urgently implement an unconditional ceasefire and recommit to an all-inclusive peace process.

"This would help addressing the root causes of the plight of the Rohingya," it said.

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