Rohingya repatriation possible if democracy restored in Myanmar
Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Takei Shunsuke today said sustainable repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas would be possible after resumption of democracy in Myanmar.
He said this while paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Gono Bhaban residence in Dhaka this evening.
"Japanese state minister for foreign affairs said Japan supports Bangladesh on Rohingya issue. In reply, the prime minister said that Japan can talk with Myanmar over Rohingya repatriation. The Japanese state minister said that it is required to wait for restoration of democracy in Myanmar for sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas," PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told a briefing after the meeting.
Sheikh Hasina said Rohingyas have become a heavy burden for Bangladesh as it has elapsed five years since they took shelter in Bangladesh and their number is increasing with the birth of new babies in the camps.
"The biggest thing is that many of the Rohingyas are involved in drug and arms trafficking," she said, adding that they (Rohingyas internal groups) are fighting and killing each other.
She said, "Myanmar should take back their nationals."