Start Rohingya repatriation, PM to Myanmar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits the design of the newly-constructed ‘CMP Centre and School Complex’ at Savar Cantonment on November 23, 2017. Photo: PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday renewed her call to Myanmar to immediately start the repatriation of their forcibly displaced Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.

"We're continuing our bilateral talks with Myanmar so that these Myanmar nationals (Rohingyas) could return to their country... it's my call to Myanmar to start taking back soon their nationals from Bangladesh," she said.

The prime minister was addressing a parade marking the handover of National Standard (national flag) to the Corps of Military Police (CMP) Centre at Savar Cantonment.

Referring to the influx of over six to seven lakh forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to Bangladesh since August 25 this year, Hasina said these Myanmar nationals are a burden on Bangladesh. "But, they are being provided with various facilities, including shelter, food, medicare, and despite various limitations."

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Sheikh Hasina mentioned that her government has taken various steps for resolving the Rohingya crisis while various forces of the country, including the Armed Forces, Police, BGB, RAB alongside the administration, local public representatives and common people are providing necessary services to the Rohingyas.

The prime minister also urged all, including the Armed Forces members, to work for welfare and development of the country with utmost sincerity to place Bangladesh into a dignified position at the global stage.

She also hoped that the Bangladesh Army will play an important role in public welfare activities alongside promoting democracy and constitutional rule in the country.

Sheikh Hasina inspected the parade and took salute. Parade Commander Let Col Muhammad Humayun Rashed was present.

Later, she inaugurated the newly-constructed 'CMP Centre and School Complex' at Savar Cantonment.