Sushma for repatriation of Myanmars displaced persons

first_imgIndian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali (R). Dhaka has urged New Delhi to pressure Myanmar for repatriation of Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar atrocities and taken shelter in Bangladesh.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali made the call during bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on Sunday.However, the Indian minister fell short of using the word Rohingya but tacitly recommended their return to Myanmar for resolution to the current crisis.”It is clear that normalcy will only be restored with the return of the displaced persons to Rakhine state,” Sushma Swaraj said in her statement at the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting in Dhaka.Major Western powers, global rights bodies and the media categorically call the “displanced persons” as Rohingya people of Myanmar’s Rakhine state.After the JCC meeting, Mahmood Ali lauded India for its Delhi’s humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas now in Bangladesh and sought India’s active role in ensuring their repatriation.”We further urged India to contribute toward exerting sustained pressure on Myanmar to find a peaceful solution to the crisis including sustainable return of all Rohingyas to their homeland,” the foreign minister said.The Indian external affairs minister reiterated India’s deep concern “at the spate of violence in Rakhine State” and Delhi’s called for maintaining restraint in handling the issue.Following ‘attacks’ on the Myanmar police on 25 August, the Myanmar military launched a crackdown that resulted in exodus of almost 600,000 Rohingya from Rakhine to Bangladesh.”In our view, the only long term solution to the situation in Rakhine State is rapid socio-economic and infrastructure development that would have a positive impact on all the communities living in the State,” the Indian minister said.She also said India “supported implementation of the recommendations contained in the Kofi Annan-led Special Advisory Commission report.”last_img

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